Bill King

Bill King, Davis & Elkins College

William King
Professor of English
Location: Albert Hall 309
Phone: 304-637-1235

What I Find Rewarding About D&E:

I particularly enjoy the relationships with students, especially those with academic advisees, which develop over four years. After several years of reading students’ writing, attending their poetry readings, directing senior theses, and even catching them in action on the basketball court, baseball field, or soccer pitch, it is not surprising that some of these relationships do not end with a picture on graduation day. For this, I have been blessed and am truly grateful.


  • Ph.D. Literature, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
  • M.A. Creative Writing, University of Georgia
  • B.A. Journalism, University of Georgia

Teaching Areas: 

  • Creative Writing
  • Travel Writing
  • American Nature Writers
  • Literary Criticism
  • Contemporary American Fiction
  • American Drama
  • American Literature
  • College Writing


Dr. King has been awarded the Lois Latham Award for Teaching Excellence. The award is presented annually to an outstanding D&E educator who is characterized by a distinguished intellectual career; enthusiasm for scholarship and intellectual curiosity; and, most importantly, by evidence that it is his or her professional calling to nurture the intellectual and personal growth of others. Nominations for the award are submitted by faculty, staff and students. He has also received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Sigma Alpha Phi, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and was a West Virginia Professor of the Year Nominee (Faculty Merit Foundation, 2015).


Dr. King has published his creative nonfiction and poetry in many journals and anthologies, including Heartwood, Still: The Journal, Poecology, Appalachian Heritage, Kestrel, Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press), Where the Sweet Waters Flow: Contemporary Appalachian Nature Writing (WVU Press) and Stone River Sky: Anthology of Georgia Poetry (Negative Capability Press). Dr. King has also published critical essays on two United States Poet Laureates, Robert Penn Warren (Mississippi Quarterly) and Robert Hass (Encyclopedia of American Literature).