Bill attended Stanford University on a scholarship and work-study, studying politics and economics. He graduated “With Great Distinction” in 1970.
At Stanford, Diane Middlebrook first encouraged him to write poetry. He first studied writing poetry with Elizabeth Bishop, in her seminar at Harvard.
He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1973. His career of nearly forty years in the law has primarily been in local government and dispute resolution.
He was a member of the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Playwrights Unit at the Public Theater, coordinated by Ed Bullins, from 1977 through 1980. He had staged readings of four of his plays there.
Agamemnon, King of Cars, a verse play, was his first production, in a festival at Theater for the New City in June 1982.
Bill soon was active in the East Village poetry world, with numerous public readings.
His verse play, Electra, was performed in the Pan Arts exhibition at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in October 1983. A video by Franz Vila of the play in performance, with music by Christian Marclay, appeared in early 1984.
His play, Naked Kitchen, was performed in early 1984 and again in 1988. Bill also made poetry videos during those years, with Edmond Chibeau and Mitch Corber.
In 1990 a video of his poem, Lincoln in Queens, with music by jazz artist Gerry Hemingway, won an award as the best art video produced on public access facilities in the US. Lincoln in Queens completes a trilogy with Agamemnon, King of Cars and Electra.
Bill participated in the annual Poets Theater Festival of the St. Marks Poetry Project, directed by Bob Holman, in 1988-90 at LaMama and at the Theater at 2nd and 10th. There, he developed scenes of what became his poetic drama, The Women’s Mysteries, which is his latest full-length play.
After a lengthy hiatus, Bill returned to poetry in 2011, participating in writers workshops of the St. Marks Poetry Project. The audio recording of his poem “Gowanus” with music by Cosmo D, produced by Ambrose Bye, was his first work to appear online, at Exit Strata in March 2012. “For me, poetry is a form of reflection within a community. I’m grateful to be part of such a welcoming and lively community,” he said.