John Hartley Williams grew up in London. He worked as a teacher in France, the former Jugoslavija, and West Africa, and has made his home in Berlin since 1976. Williams has published many collections of poetry. A retrospective volume, The Ship, was published by Salt in 2007. A novel, Death Comes For The Poets, co-written with Matthew Sweeney, appeared from the Muswell Press in 2012 as will a new collection of poems Assault On The Clouds from Shoestring. He died in May 2014.