Michael Reynolds Williams, Jr. was born in McRae, Georgia, and grew up along the banks of the Ocmulgee River in the China Hill community in Telfair County. He attended the University of Georgia after graduating high school and acquired a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Mr. Williams received his master’s in English Literature from Valdosta State University. He chairs the department of Arts and Sciences at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College where he teaches composition and literature and is the editor of the college’s literary journal, The Wiregrass Reader. In 2014, Mr. Williams was the recipient of the college’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year Award.
In 2015, he published his first book, Rivers, Rogues, and Timbermen in the novels of Brainard Cheney. This work of literary criticism grew out of his Masters Thesis and addresses the historical facts behind the fiction of Mr. Cheney.
Michael still lives on his family’s farm in China Hill, Georgia, with his wife Jana and their two daughters, Joley and Sarah Kate Williams.