William Orem writes about spiritual quest and philosophical questions. His stories, poems and short plays have been published in over 100 literary journals, including in The Princeton Arts Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Sou'wester and The New Formalist.
His first story collection, Zombi, You My Love, won the GLCA New Writers Award, previously given to Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, Richard Ford and Alice Munro.
His second collection, Across the River, won the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize.
His first novel, Killer of Crying Deer, won the Eric Hoffer Award and has been optioned for film.
His first collection of poems, Our Purpose in Speaking, won the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize from Michigan State University Press.
He has been thrice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
His plays have been performed in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Louisville, Buffalo, San Diego, Lafayette (LA), Durango (CO), Salem, and Boston, with a staged reading at Urban Stages in Manhattan.
Currently he is a Senior Writer-In-Residence at