William Orem writes about spiritual quest and philosophical questions. His stories, poems and short plays have been published in over 100 literary journals, including 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 story 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.
His second novel, Miss Lucy, about the life of Bram Stoker, won the Gival Press Novel Award, and will be appearing in October, 2019.
He has been thrice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
His short 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. Overseas, they have been seen in Canberra (Australia) and Manipal (Dubai).
Currently he is a Senior Writer-In-Residence at