Meet the 2018 Organizers: William Polking, Young Adult Fiction

William’s path was set when he asked his third-grade teacher if he could move his desk by the window in order to continue reading during a power outage. A first-round panelist in this category consistently in the recent past, William teaches a ninth-grade reading class based entirely on student choice, a college composition class, a media literacy class, and a literature elective. He believes a wisely curated and diverse classroom library (1,500 titles and growing) is a necessity, and loves the CYBILS for the title knowledge he can then pass on to his students.

A long-time contributor to the late Guys Lit Wire blog, William now posts at and can be found on Twitter @Polking.