Phillip B. Williams

Chosen as a Most Anticipated Book of 2024 by Oprah’s Book Club, ElleReader’s DigestThe RumpusKirkus ReviewsThe MillionsLit Hub, and more

In this ingenious, sweeping novel, Phillip B. Williams introduces us to an enigmatic woman named Saint, a fearsome conjurer who, in the 1830s, annihilates plantations all over Arkansas to rescue the people enslaved there. She brings those she has freed to a haven of her own creation: a town just north of St. Louis, magically concealed from outsiders, named Ours.


Mutiny: a rebellion, a subversion, an onslaught. 

With a ferocity that belies the tenderness and vulnerability at the heart of this remarkable collection, Williams honors the transformative power of anger, and the clarity that comes from allowing that anger to burn clean.

2017 Whiting Award for Poetry

2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award Winner

2017 NAACP Image Awards Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry

2016 INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist

2017 Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award Finalist

2017 Lambda Literary Awards Winner

2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist

2017 Nominee for 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry

Shortlisted for Chicago Review of Books Award in Poetry

One of BET’s “12 Must-Read Books for 2016”