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 earned a BA in English and Theatre Arts from Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY) and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College (Plainfield, VT), where he studied both fiction and playwriting.
Lay Down Your Weary Tune, his debut novel, was released in 2016 from Other Press. His writing has appeared in various outlets, including Post Road, Entropy, The Papercuts Anthology: Volume 2 (Cutlass Press), and The Alt Weekly, an alternative newsweekly where he serves as a contributing writer for the arts.
As a teacher, Belcher has led fiction writing and grant writing workshops for a variety of groups in New York and Massachusetts, including Skidmore College, 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 nonprofit world. He is the President and Founder of Wordhorse Strategies, LLC, a writing and fundraising consulting business that focuses on nonprofit arts organizations. Prior to Wordhorse, Belcher served as Director of External Affairs for The Hyde Collection and Director of Development for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). Earlier in his career, he also worked for The Sage Colleges, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and Glimmerglass Opera. He is a member of the board of directors at Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education; he previously served on the board of 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 Stuart Agency.