Waterford Author Strives to Enhance Local Literary Scene

Waterford, MI — February 21, 2020
Reverend Went Walking by William Teets available on Amazon

William Teets is an author and poet born in Peekskill, NY, who has recently relocated to Waterford, MI. His personal memoir, Upside Down (One on the House), was released to rave reviews in 2013. He has also published a gritty urban novel, Reverend Went Walking, in 2014, along with Before The Flood, a poetry collection that resonates with Americana and religiosity.

Other works by Teets have been published in Chronogram, The Deadly Writers Patrol, Cajun Mutt Press, Art and Life, as well as in numerous anthologies. A graduate of SUNY Oneonta, Teets moved to Michigan after working for 23 years as a Dean of Students at a residential treatment center. He was also the proprietor of a local bar and grill in
Brewster, NY in the early 2000s. His employment history, coupled with his degree in literature and varied life experiences, echoes throughout his writings.

Writers Workshop

While in New York, Teets was a member of the esteemed Hudson Valley Writers Workshop.
Upon his arrival to Michigan, unable to locate a similar writing group, Teets developed the
Waterford Writers Workshop in association with the Waterford Township Library. The workshop, which Teets facilitates, meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from6:30 pm-8:30 pm in the conference room of the Waterford Library.

An open group made up of both published and unpublished writers of various genres, the workshop strives to share the joy of the written word in a safe and learned environment. They also present a semi-annual Open Mic reading at the library, which encourages and fosters involvement from local community residents.

With the genesis of the Waterford Writers Workshop, Teets was pleased to learn of other writers and writers groups in the area and network with them. In conjunction with these other groups and authors, along with the Waterford Writers Workshop, the local writing scene has been enhanced with an involved and vibrant community of local artists. Teets is optimistic and looking forward to growing with the local scene of writers and their works even more so in the future.

Novel to Screenplay

Currently, Teets and writing partner Gary Allison are in discussion with several production
companies to bring their script of Reverend Went Walking to the big screen during the upcoming year. “We eagerly await further news of this development.”

The urban novel ambitiously shares the tale of a teenager named Reverend, and is featured on Amazon with this description:

“With only his dreams and his Uncle Luke to guide him down the dangerous streets of Inner City, America, Reverend is forced to battle real and wanna-be-down gangsters, slingers and stick-up kids, gun-running gamblers, and corrupt cops and courts. Narrated in vernacular slang by Old Man, a savvy streetwise sage, Reverend Went Walking immerses readers in a subculture of people fettered by systemic failure. Exposing socio-economic inequalities and the conflict between spirituality and organized religion, the book reveals how at-risk youth in America are too often neglected and ignored.”

“Can Reverend soar above the gritty streets, overcome the betrayal of his first love, Mighty Missy Brown, or will he become another statistic, his dreams extinguished before they have an opportunity to spark? Reverend Went Walking is a truth-driven suspenseful rollick of a modern-day American Hero and his search for the lost American Dream.”

Contact and Writer Workshop Participation

While he immensely misses New York pizza and bagels, the Hudson River, and watching his
beloved Mets play at Citi Field, Teets is contented with his move to Michigan. He remains
excited with the burgeoning local-literary scene that continues to evolve and rapidly expand.

Teets’ books can be found at Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Outskirts Press, and anywhere fine books are sold. William Teets can be contacted at bwteets@hotmail.com. For additional information on the Waterford Writers Workshop contact Teets or view details online at Waterford Township Public Library website.