William Hawkins has lived most of his life in Ottawa, with side trips to Vancouver, Toronto, Tallahassee and Mexico. He is a veteran driver of the Blue Line taxi corps and includes prominent MPs, judges, journalists and bagmen among his regular clients. In recent years, Hawkins made a CD of his best songs, also titled Dancing Alone, and was subject of an onstage tribute at the Ottawa Folk Festival for his contributions to the music scene. Hawkins was also the central figure of a richly creative Ottawa-based music scene. His fugitive pickup bands included Bruce Cockburn, David Wiffen, Colleen Peterson, Amos Garrett, Darius Brubeck and Sneezy Waters. Hawkins calls himself "a semi-retired hard rocker and high roller." His latest book, Dancing Alone: Selected Poems, includes a Preface by Bruce Cockburn and an Introduction by Roy MacSkimming. His previous collections of poetry include Ottawa Poems, and The Gift of Space.
Festivals: 2005 (spring), 2007 (fall)