William Borden was born in 1938 in Indianapolis. His short stories have won the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and have appeared in magazines and anthologies. His plays have been produced in New York and Los Angeles, among other cities, and have won many national playwriting competitions.
Needless to say the man is both talented and prolific, but the very best thing about Bill is that he has no ego. If you're lucky enough to know him, he makes a darn good friend. Bill also has the uncanny habit of listening to you when you speak. He's often endured my ramblings as I've launched ideas and thoughts at him like scud missiles. Bill just stays very quiet until I can hear my own rantings and finally rope myself in.
Next time you're at a bookstore look for Bill's novel Superstoe. It's a whimsical tale of the complete revamping of the American political and social scene by eccentric ex-university professors.
Bill is a professor of English at the University of North Dakota. He's also a Core Member of The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, and the Fiction Editor of The North Dakota Quarterly.
Bill wrote Turtle Island Blues, an alternative look at the coming of Columbus. That should tell you something about the guy right there.
Here are titles of a few of Bill's other plays:
Food For Love
Don't Dance Me Outside
Tap Dancing Across the Universe
The Only Woman Awake
I Want To Be an Indian
Sakakawea (musical drama)
The Alien Hypothesis
One Evening in Prague
.....to name a few.
If you'd like to talk to Bill about his plays, books or screenwriting, drop him a line at:
RR 6 Box 284
Bemidji MN 56601
or contact him at:
Copyright ©1996 Judi Schiller, Richard Schiller
March 3, 1997