Born in Chicago, Carla Williams started writing for her high school yearbook and student newspapers, later working for the Chicago Sun-Times during college. She taught history and English in Oakland for 15 years, and was a Bay Area Writing Project Fellow in 2010. Her writing relates to history, travel, sports, family life and politics. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Digital Paper, Poetry Express, Dillydoun Review and elsewhere. Her first novel, Blues Highway, explores Pullman Porters’ migration to Chicago from the South.