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Charles Kenneth Williams (b. November 4, 1936, Newark, New Jersey) is an American poet.

He graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, and received his higher education at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career as a poet in the early 1960s.

Flesh and Blood won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Repair (1999) was a National Book Award finalist and won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The Singing won the National Book Award in 2003. In 2005, he was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. In 2008 he contributed to From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright.

His highly readable poetic style involves long lines of unrhyming free verse. His subjects are modern and predominately urban.

He teaches in the creative writing program at Princeton University, and divides his time between Princeton and Paris.


  • Lies - 1969
  • Tar - 1983
  • Flesh and Blood - 1987 (National Book Critics Circle Award)
  • The Bacchae of Euripides
  • A Dream of Mind - 1992
  • I am the Bitter Name - 1992
  • Selected Poems - 1994
  • With Ignorance - 1997
  • The Vigil - 1997
  • Poetry and Consciousness - 1998
  • Repair - 1999 (National Book Award finalist, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize)
  • Misgivings: My Mother, My Father, Myself - 2000
  • The Singing - 2003
  • Collected Poems - 2006

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