TODAY’S BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT IS CORY WILLIAMS!
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cory attended the Philadelphia High
School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), enrolling in the school’s first
year hen it was a fledgling program, where he majored in Creative Writing and
minored in Videodrama, becoming an award-winning director of video projects.
In addition, he was a founder, writer, and cartoonist for CAPA’s newspaper THE
PAINTED WORD, for which he eventually became editor-in-chief. Listed in
WHO’S WHO AMONG AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and
commended by the National Honors Society, he graduated with CAPA’s second
graduating class in 1981.
Attending STANFORD UNIVERSITY in Stanford, California, where he majored in
Drama and minored in Dance, Cory performed in an average of five to six major
productions per year. He taught art to autistic, learning-disabled, and educable
mentally retarded children at the Peninsula Children’s Center in Menlo Park,
California, was active in the Stanford University Rape Awareness Program,
occasionally wrote for THE STANFORD DAILY, and toured for two years with the
BALLET FOLKLORICO DE STANFORD MEXICAN FOLKDANCE COMPANY.
He received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Drama in 1986.
As a performing artist, Cory has performed in dance productions, touring shows,
and Off-Broadway productions of ANTIGONE, THE TRIAL OF SUSAN B.
ANTHONY, WE HAVE STORIES TO TELL OF AFRICA, FRATERNITY, NOTES
ON 6FINITY, THE AMEN CORNER, and A FEW HOURS IN HELL, making his
West Coast theatrical debut as the Duke of Cornwall in KING LEAR with the
Pasadena Shakespeare Company in Pasadena, California, following that up as a
member of the ensemble cast of the Fountain Theatre/BAND critically-acclaimed
production of Rita Dove’s THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH, then
continuing on to the West Coast premiere of the VoxBox Arts Collective original
production of JIGSAW. In addition, Cory has acted in various commercials,
industrial films and videos, television shows, and feature films such as WHO
SHOT PAT?, PHILADELPHIA, LET’S TALK, THE C-SHIFT, REFLECTIONS
AGO, RED HERRING, FIGHTING WORDS, A DAY OF ATONEMENT and
STRAIGHT ON ‘TIL MORNING.
Cory is also the author of three science fiction novels, TOTENTANZ, THE
TAKING OF CYNDRIEL’S HOPE and HUNTER’S MOON, all of which are
currently available through the online content marketplace http://www.lulu.com.
Cory Williams is currently living and working in Los Angeles, California.