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Christopher "Cee" Williams, Erie County Poet Laureate

Cee Williams is a resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, and the author of three chapbook- length collections of poetry, Bus Riders in the Storm (Crisis Chronicles Press 2013), My America -9 Poems for Sister Lucille (Crisis Chronicles Press 2013),  and 12 Poems (Crisis Chronicles Press)Williams is a two time finalist for the Erie County Poet Laureate Award (2010, 2012)He was a recipient of a 2014 Chautauqua Writers Grant and received the 2011 Erie Metropolitan Yellow Pages Award for Business Innovation. In 2010, Williams founded Poets' Hall and Poets' Hall Press, both non-profit endeavors which he operates nearby his alma mater, East High School. Williams is an avid fisherman and award winning gardener, his vegetable garden having recently been recognized as "Best Vegetable Garden" by the Bayfront East Side Task Force's 2014 Neighborhood Beautification Awards Committee. His poetry has been showcased in Bathtub Gin, Traveling Poet, Nostrovia Poetry, Walking is Still Honest Press, and in The Voices of Erie County Anthology, edited by 2009 Erie County Poet Laureate Berwyn Moore.

Cee Williams
 Christopher "Cee" Williams, Erie County Poet Laureate

About the Erie County Poet Laureate Initiative

Erie County Government, in cooperation with Edinboro University, Gannon University, Mercyhurst University and Penn State Behrend, started the Poet Laureate Initiative in 2009. Already it has received recognition for its impact on the arts in our region; receiving the Pennsylvania County Commissioners Association County Arts Award in 2011 and the National Association of Counties National Arts Award in 2012. Past Laureate’s include Berwyn Moore 2009-2010, Dr. Thomas Forsthoefel 2010-2012, and Ron Hayes 2013-2014. Governing the Initiative are the Members of the Erie County Poetry Committee: Joseph Giles, former Erie County Councilman; Dr. Greg Brown, Professor of English, Mercyhurst College; Helene Grande, Communications Specialist, Erie School District (retired); Mary Jane Koenig, Writing Specialist (retired), Erie School District; George Looney, Professor of English, Penn State University – The Behrend Campus; Berwyn Moore, Professor of English, Gannon University; Caroline Hohmann, Professor, Edinboro University; Amanda Sissem, Executive Director of Erie Arts & Culture; Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, Founder of the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House; Ben Speggen, Program Director at Jefferson Educational Society, and Douglas Smith, Erie County Clerk.


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