William Considine is an honors graduate of Stanford and the Harvard Law School. He was first encouraged to write poetry by Diane Middlebrook and first studied writing poetry with Elizabeth Bishop. He was a member of the playwrights workshop of the New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater, coordinated by Ed Bullins, with four staged readings there, readings at St. Clement’s and LaMama, and play performances at Theater for the New City, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Limbo Lounge, Ear Inn, ABC No Rio and Dixon Place. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Polaris North theater artists collaborative. In 2017, the Operating System published a volume of his plays, The Furies, which is available on Amazon and from the publisher. The Operating System has also published a chapbook of his poems, Strange Coherence. A CD of his poems with music, An Early Spring, is available on iTunes and from the label, Fast Speaking Music.
Response to his volume of previous plays, The Furies, includes:
“Just when I was wondering whatever happened to poets’ theater, along comes William Considine’s thrilling collection of four verse plays, The Furies, miraculous both onstage and in the ear. Not only that, he is learned, funny, witty, big-hearted and timely. Lincoln in Queens is as human as anything by Woodie Guthrie.” – Elinor Nauen
“Considine has a poet’s lyric ease, wit and calling, and a sensibility that travels through … complicated dynamics of history and war.” – Anne Waldman
“At long last here’s Bill Considine’s considered, rollicking, breezy, deep, avant-post take on what Poetry is, what Theater is, and what happens when these arts tumble dance through history together only to land simultaneously on page and stage. … Considine riffles the classics to fan a new breath of Pure Future. … [T]ransportative” – Bob Holman