Meet Member Elizabeth Yahn Williams, a 2017 Book Awards Medalist

by | Jul 17, 2017 | Member Updates

Elizabeth Yahn Williams
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Elizabeth Yahn Williams

Award-winning poet-playwright

Elizabeth Yahn-Williams is a poet-playwright who prefers performing  poetic dramas to practicing law, learned at LMU and her career from the late 60s to 80s.  UCLA-trained educator, she became a “Most Distinguished Honorary” life member of MiraCosta College’s Phi Theta  Kappa Chapter for  her mentoring work in leadership and communication.  With a grant from KOCT, she wrote, directed and hosted a TV  mini-series on that group and others in North San Diego County, CA, which won a Telly Finalist’s Award.  Her other accolades include stipends from Ford Foundation, Publishing University/Publishers and Writers of San    Diego, Vermont Studio Center,  National Audio Theatre Foundation, University of London, at Queen Mary College, England, Summer Literary Seminar in Montreal, Canada, and Virginia Center for the Arts in Auvillar, France.

Recent board member and Standing Chair,  Librarian of the  National League of American Pen Women in Washington, D.C., for whom she has given workshops and been a nationally featured speaker, Elizabeth has written several articles and poetry for The Pen Woman.

Her haiku have been published in a variety of anthologies, including several from conventions of Haiku North America and the Southern California Haiku Study Group.

For eight years the author co-edited an Ekphrastic series for the Escondido Arts Partnership entitled Summation: The Merging of Art and Poetry,  five years a Finalist in the San Diego Book Awards and. a 2017 Eric Hoffer DaVinci Eye Finalist.  These art books also inspired a six-part film series, Creative Collaborations.

In 2011 with her Partner-in-Rhyme, Bob Lundy, she designed Phantoms of the Gallery as Seen through the Eyes of the El Corazon Creative Writers that was published by the Phantom Gallery’s artists from Carlsbad’s Village Faire. From 2007-2012 she and Bob emceed Oceanside’s National Authors’ Day with North County Authors and Poets, NLAPW, and Read Local,  San  Diego.

Performing as HITHER & YAHN in 2012, they initiated Downtown Verse for the San Diego Public Libraries and today continue to produce readings, skits and sketches throughout San Diego county, the country and the world, most recently at the main public library in Sint Maarten.

A collaborative pairing of contemporary art and poetry with parallel phrasing in Spanish. A small but beautiful art book for frequent flyers and curious linguists, no dictionary needed.

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