William Considine was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where his father was a fireman and did plumbing on the side. He first worked as a helper for his father.
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 over forty years in the law was primarily in local government and dispute resolution. His pro bono work on behalf of two community boards was instrumental in the re-establishment of Canal Street Park in Manhattan. He retired as an attorney in 2016.
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 and with publication in leading journals of that community, including Downtown, Cover, Red Tape, New Observations, Pan Arts and The National Poetry Journal of the Lower East Side.
His verse play, Electra, was performed in the art 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 at Limbo Lounge and the Ear Inn.
Bill also made poetry videos in the late 1980’s with Edmond Chibeau and Mitch Corber. In 1990 a video of his poem, “Lincoln in Queens,” with music by jazz artist Gerry Hemingway, won a Home Town USA Award from the National Federation of Local Cable Programmers for excellence in art video produced on public access facilities in the US.
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 the short play Prologue: Prehistory and scenes of what became his full-length poetic drama, Women’s Mysteries.
After a lengthy hiatus, Bill returned to poetry in 2011, participating in writers workshops, especially at the St. Marks Poetry Project, the Bowery Poetry Club, and Page Parlor. He made two new videos with Henry Borchers in 2012, “Gowanus” with music by Cosmo D, and “Continent of Fire” with guitar by Max Davies and sound production by Ambrose Bye.
A chapbook of his early poems, Strange Coherence, was published by The Operating System, under the leadership of Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, in 2013. Strange Coherence is available from The Operating System.
A CD of his poems with music, An Early Spring, was produced by Ambrose Bye and issued by Fast Speaking Music in 2013. It is available from Fast Speaking Music and on iTunes.
Women’s Mysteries had a staged reading at Medicine Show Theatre, New York City in 2015.
A book of his related verse plays, The Furies, was published by The Operating System in 2017. It include texts of Prologue: Prehistory; Agamemnon, King of Cars; Electra and “Lincoln in Queens,” with production photos. The Furies is available from The Operating System and on Amazon.
His new play, Moral Support, had a staged reading at Medicine Show Theatre in April 2018.
His poems have appeared recently in journals including Sensitive Skin, post(BLANK), White Rabbit, and Poets Read the News, and in the Brownstone Poets Anthology 2018 and the Unbearables anthology, From Somewhere to Nowhere, from Autonomedia. He has featured as a reader at Saturn Series, Zinc, Phoenix, Brownstone Poets, Rimes of the Ancient Mariner, Alchemist Kitchen, Sideshow Gallery and other venues.
“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.
Bill lives with his wife in Brooklyn.