W.B. Belcher grew up in western Massachusetts and earned his MFA from Goddard College. He lives along the Battenkill River in upstate New York with his wife and two kids. Lay Down Your Weary Tune is his first novel.
W.B. Belcher (Bill) grew up in a mill town in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. He attended the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA), and later Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY) from which he received a BA in English and Theatre Arts. Belcher earned his MFA from Goddard College (Plainfield, VT), where he studied both fiction and playwriting.
Lay Down Your Weary Tune, his debut novel, is due out from Other Press on January 26, 2016.
As a teacher, Belcher has led fiction writing and grant writing workshops for a variety of groups in New York and Massachusetts, including The Sage Colleges, Saratoga Arts, the Easton Library, and the Greenwich Library, among others. From 2006-2008, he served as community workshop facilitator and reading series coordinator for Inkberry, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the literary arts in the Berkshires.
Most of Belcher's professional life has been spent in the not-for-profit world. He currently serves at the Director of External Affairs for The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. Prior to The Hyde, he worked for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), The Sage Colleges, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and Glimmerglass Opera. He is also a member of the board of directors at Caffe Lena, the oldest continually operating folk music coffeehouse in the country.
He lives in Upstate New York, near the Battenkill River, with his wife and two kids.
Belcher is represented by Christopher Rhodes of the James Fitzgerald Agency.