A native of Demopolis, Alabama, William Cobb taught at the University of Montevallo, where he was writer in residence for twelve years. He was educated at Livingston State College and Vanderbilt University. He is married to the short story writer Loretta Cobb (The Ocean Was Salt); they have one daughter and two grandchildren. They continue to live in Montevallo.
William has also written for the stage; his three plays produced in several regional theaters and in New York are Sunday’s Child, A Place of Springs, and Early Rains. His non-fiction has appeared in Southern Living Magazine; he contributed the essay “When The Opry Was In Ryman and We Still Believed in God” to the anthology The Remembered Gate: Memoirs by Alabama Writers. His writing has been awarded numerous prizes, among them Story Magazine’s Story of the Year in 1965, Several Hackney Literary awards, and the Alabama Library Association’s Fiction Book of the Year award in 2000. In 2007 he was given the Harper Lee Award, presented each year to an Alabama writer for distinguished fiction writing.