Athens author with Morgan County roots

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Jamison Hooks Staff Writer

Many accomplished artists and literary aficionados call the Morgan County area home. Philip Lee Williams, a novelist, poet, essayist and composer is one of them. William’s family moved to Madison in 1953 when his father began teaching chemistry and physics at Morgan County High School (MCHS). By 1955 his father had become Principal at MCHS. Williams lived in Madison with his family until 1972. In 1975 Williams returned and took a job at the Madisonian as associate editor. “Madison is my hometown and a place I love. Growing up, it was all about football. We won the state Class B football title in 1955, 56, 58, 59, and 62. My father was principal for all but the last of those titles, so I was very much around those great teams,” said Williams. Although football was a top priority in Madison, Williams described the town as a great place for those with an artistic side. “We ate and breathed football, but Madison was also a good town for a kid interested in the arts,” said Williams. Williams has reached great heights throughout his career as a writer, and most recently, the University of Georgia hosted a showcase of his autobiography “It is Written: My Life in Letters.” “There’s a great deal about Madison in the book and the people I grew up with,” said Williams when addressing his autobiography, which tells stories of his life as a southern writer. Throughout his career, Williams has done it all. The author has written a total of 18 books and more than a thousand feature stories in his journalistic career. Williams has been recognized for his impressive literary contributions with countless awards and nominations. Williams is proud to call Morgan County home and still visits frequently. For more information on the life and works of Philip Lee Williams, visit

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