Taking a cue from Mark Twain, William did not let school get in the way of his education, dropping out of college his sophomore year to travel all over America, Walt Whitman style. He worked as a reporter on independent papers on both East and West coasts, and even started one in Savannah, Georgia, entitled Albion’s Voice.
Turning to poetry in his 50’s, he had a chapbook of politically inspired verse, Bush League Fatigue, published. In 2014, his second poetry collection, As Alive – As Alert – As Awake – As Artful, was released.
Connecting Reflections represents a collection of poetry written over the past 15 years. Divided into sections, some poems are meditative and spiritual, some experiential, and others political in nature. Some of the poems are geometrically shaped, at times "concrete," while others are a combination of conventional and original forms.
This varied collection of poems offers a more complete look into William's many-sided life. For as Albert Camus observed, "To create is an act of generosity." Originally, titled Words Heard and Unheard, friend T. J. Brauer's illustration for the book cover inspired the title change to Connecting Reflections.