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William Witherup (1935-2009)


Bill Witherup is an author and poet whose writings include Men at Work (1989) and Down Wind, Down River: New and Selected Poems (2000).

Quick links:
Debs Labor Ensemble
Bill Witherup - This is My Hanford essay
Bill's obituary



Poet, teacher, and laborer. Self described "working class" Seattle poet and author. Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1935, Witherup grew up in Richland, Washington. His father was employed at the Hanford nuclear facility. Witherup lived in the San Francisco Bay area from his late teens until 1989, when he moved to Seattle. He is the author of several collected volumes of poetry and also served as a contributing editor to the anthology Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age.


Bill Witherup was Director of the Gene Debs Labor Ensemble and the Arts Consultant to Toxipedia, Healthy World Theater, and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR).

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