Eric Miles Williamson is an American novelist. His first novel, East Bay Grease, was a PEN/Hemingway finalist and listed by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as one of the “Best Books of 1999,” and its sequel, Welcome to Oakland, was named the second-best novel of 2009 and one of the top 40 novels of the decade by The Huffington Post. Recipient of grants from the NEA and the Isherwood Foundation, winner of Virgin Megastore’s Prix du Roman Lire, winner of Le Prix de Litterature Policiere, and winner of the 2011 PEN/Oakland Award for Fiction for his short story collection, 14 Fictional Positions, Williamson is Senior Editor of Boulevard, Fiction Editor of Texas Review, and Associate Editor of American Book Review. He has edited Gulf Coast, Pleiades and Chelsea, and he has been elected to four terms on the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle, serving as Vice President and chairing the Poetry and Criticism committees.