bill king

William King

Chair, Division of Humanities; Professor of English

Phone: 304-637-1235
Campus Location: Charles E. Albert Hall


  • 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 is a Pushcart Prize nominee who has published his poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction in many journals and anthologies, including 100 Word Story, Heartwood, Columbia Journal, Still: The Journal, Poecology, Kestrel, Appalachian Heritage, Naugatuck Review, Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press), Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene (WVU Press), and Stone River Sky: Anthology of Georgia Poetry (Negative Capability Press): About Place Journal. His first chapbook of poetry, from Finishing Line Press, is The Letting Go (2018). 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).