Writer; University professor. Born– October 20, 1937, Eutaw; grew up in Demopolis. Parents– Sledge and Inez (Land) Cobb. Married– Loretta Douglas, August 15, 1965. Children– One. Education– Livingston State University, A.B., 1961; Vanderbilt University, M.A., 1963.  Professor and writer in residence at the University of Montevallo, 1963-2000. Published short stories, plays, and novels.  fellowship in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1970. Had short stories and essays published in many periodicals and anthologies. Has written several plays; three of these were produced off-Broadway in New York.  Received the Story of the Year Award from Story magazine in 1964; the Alabama Library Association Awards, 1998, 2000, and the Harper Lee Award from the Alabama Writers Forum in 2007.


William S. Cobb, Montevallo.

Contemporary Authors online.


Captain Billy’s Troopers: A Writer’s Life.  University of Alabama Press, 2015.

Coming of Age at the Y. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Portals Press, 1984.

Harry Reunited.  Montgomery; Black Belt Press, 1995.

The Hermit King. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Portals Press, 1986.

The Hermit King, and Five New Stories.  Livingston, AL: Livingston Press, 2005.

The Last Queen of the Gypsies.  Crane Hill, 2010.

Somewhere in All This Green; New and Selected Stories.  Black Belt Press, 1997.

A Spring of Souls.  Birmingham; Crane Hill, 1999.

Sweet Home:  Stories of Alabama.  SixFinger Publishing, 2013.

A Time to Reap.  Sarasota, FL: Sixfinger Publishing, 2013.

A Walk Through Fire. New York; Morrow, 1992.

Wings of Morning.  Birmingham; Crane Hill, 2001.


At Home. A One-act play. Produced by Shelby County Community Theater, 1977.

Brighthope.  Produced Montevallo, 1985.

Early Rains; a Play. Montevallo, Ala.; W. Cobb, 1988.

A Place of Springs; a Play In Two Acts. Montevallo, Ala.; W. Cobb, 1987.

Recovery Room.  Produced New York, 1987.

Sunday’s Child; a Play In Two Acts. Montevallo, Ala.; W. Cobb, 1985.

The Vine and the Olive. Book and Lyrics to Musical Comedy. Produced at Livingston University, 1960.


A collection of the papers of William Sledge Cobb is held by the library at Vanderbilt University.