Art. Literary Nonfiction. Stuart Williams had, in the words of his older brother Frank, "a mystical connection with animals." He dreamed of becoming a farmer, but having learned to draw at the age of six he became an artist, in his teens showing his work in venues throughout his hometown, Peterborough, New Hampshire. He traveled to Switzerland, the home of his beloved Toggenburg goats, and to Kenya, Tanzania, and the Serengeti plains. He read avidly about animals, domestic and wild, and watched all the documentary films on animals he could find. "Each of his drawings suggests," the Boston Globe's art critic Sebastian Smee has written, "an enviably deep, somehow magical identification with animals." Williams is that rare artist who worked under the constraints, physical and mental, of an incurable genetic disorder-Prader-Willi syndrome. He had the remarkable luck of being born into the right family in the right place, and he honed that with an art that transcended the impossible odds of his birth.
William Corbett is a poet who lives in Boston's South End and is Director of Student Writing Activities in MIT's Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies. He writes frequently on art, directs the small press Pressed Wafer and is on the advisory board of Manhattan's CUE Art Foundation. Among his books are the memoirs Furthering My Education and Philip Guston's Late Work: A Memoir. He edited JUST THE THING: SELECTED LETTERS OF JAMES SCHUYLER and THE LETTERS OF JAMES SCHUYLER TO FRANK O'HARA. His newest books of poetry are ELEGIES FOR MICHAEL GIZZI (Kat Ran Press, 2012) and THE WHALEN POEM (Hanging Loose Press, 2011).Author City: Boston, MA USA