Adele Elise Williams is a poet from Louisiana and North Carolina currently pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston. She received her MFA in poetry from Virginia Tech where she also graduated with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies.  

Adele is the winner of the 2o22 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Poetry, the 2019 Emily Morrison Poetry Prize, a finalist for both The Georgia Review’s 2022 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize and the 2019 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize judged by Jericho Brown as well as a two time finalist for the VT/Poetry Society of Virginia Award. Adele is also the recipient of an Inprint Nina and Michael Zilkha Fellowship, as well as fellowships from UCROSS, the Muse Writing Center and Hindman Settlement School. 

Adele has served as Poetry Editor for the minnesota review and Noemi Press and now serves as Nonfiction Editor for Gulf Coast. Her poetry and prose can be found or is forthcoming in the Georgia Review, CrazyhorseThe Florida Review, Gulf CoastGuernica, Cream City Review, Split Lip Magazine, Adroit Journal, Quarterly WestSAND, Beloit Poetry Journal and elsewhere.