- The Meaning of Coyotes (1984)
- Stained Glass (1979)
- Watch the Fox (1974)
- Those Who Blink (1986)
- Bears and Men: A Gathering (1986) (travel narrative)
- The Stillness in Moving Things: The World of Howard Nemerov (1975)
William Mills was born in 1935 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. His family moved a lot when he was younger, eventually settling down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the late 1930’s. He attended Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, for one year and then joined the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He served in Kyoto, Japan and moved to Germany shortly thereafter. He has a diploma from Goethe Institute in Blaubeuren, Germany, where he studied philosophy.
Mills attended Louisiana State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1959, a master’s degree in 1961, and a doctoral degree in 1972. Mills married Sylvia Richard in 1961 and was divorced in 1973. Mills has taught at several universities.
William Mills currently lives in Columbia, Missouri.
- Mississippi Writers: Reflections of Childhood and Youth. Dorothy Abbot, editor.
- Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary. Edited by Joseph M. Flora, Amber Vogel, Bryan Albin Giemza.