William Hathaway was born in Madison, WI and grew up in Ithaca, NY. He attended the American College in Paris, Cornell University, the University of Montana (BA 1967) and the University of Iowa (MFA 1969).
Like the vast majority of living poets, Hathaway has made most of his living as a college teacher. He has taught at Louisiana State University (where he directed the creative writing program during the late seventies and early eighties), at Cornell University, Union College, and most recently at Southampton College-LIU. He has been a visiting teacher at Wichita State University, Skidmore College, SUNY-Cortland, and The College of the Atlantic, and has been a visiting writer at a variety of summer conferences, and community programs. At this time, he lives in busy semi-retirement with his wife, Ellen, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Hathaway has published hundreds of poems in magazines and university journals since 1966. His short stories have appeared in Epoch, Fiction International, The Southern Review, and The Hudson Review. He publishes essays and journalism on a variety of subjects including education, the ambiguities of American social classes, and the state of the literary scenery
Hathaway’s poems can be found in four anthologies which represent radically different movements in contemporary poetics: Strong Measures: Contemporary Poetry in Traditional Forms (Dacey & James eds. Harper & Row 1985), New American Poets of the 90's (Weingarten & Myers eds. Wampeter Press 1985) and Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms, ed. David Lehman Macmillan 1987 (U. of Michigan 1996), Up Late: American Poetry Since 1970, ed. Andrei Codrescu.
He was a co-founder with his father of the Ithaca House Press in the late sixties, and he was the regular columnist for The Greenfield Review Literary Center Newsletter in the late eighties.
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