Amy Bennett Williams' Essays

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Amy Bennett Williams touches our hearts each week with a special Essay. From the beauty found in Southwest Florida to heart-warming stories of family, friends and neighbors, her essays take us around our community and often into our past.  Her essays extol the beauty found in the commonplace objects and places – and are delivered with a touch of tenderness.

Williams is a long-time writer for The News-Press who started emptying ashtrays and writing obits and now has the coolest job title she can imagine: Storyteller. She's also author of the pictorial history book, "Along the Caloosahatchee" and is at work on another. She and her husband, Roger, also a writer, live in rural Alva with their two sons and way too many animals.

“Fireflies” ENCORE

May 13, 2016
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This week’s encore installment from News Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams recalls a gift of nature’s night-time magic that was common in nostalgic memories from a childhood lived in the Midwest. It’s something she thought she’d lost upon moving to southwest Florida, but it turns out you just have to know where to look.


May 6, 2016
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News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett William’s rural Alva homestead is home to a colorful cast of avian characters including a flock of free range chickens, ducks and even a goose. This week’s encore essay from Williams details the life of one particularly well-mannered and brave rooster who could hold court over the entire motley crew.

Local History Through the News-Press

Apr 29, 2016

History is a favored subject of News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams. And what better way to explore the changing character of a community through time than by going through the archives of your local paper? The News-Press began in November of 1884 as a weekly publication called, “The Fort Myers Press,” and subsequently provides a treasure trove of local news items dating back more than 130 years. In this week’s essay, Williams’ utilizes that archive to take us on a multi-stop trip back in time.

Old C-43

Apr 22, 2016

News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams regularly highlights Southwest Florida’s wondrous animal and plant life, some of her favorite lesser-known spots in Lee County and the colorful cast of characters that make up the region’s history. That history is inextricably linked to the Caloosahatchee River, which William’s highlight’s in this week’s essay.

Blue-Eyed Grass

Apr 15, 2016
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Flora that thrives in Southwest Florida’s subtropical climate is a chief aspect of what makes living in the region unique and what connects us to the mystique and wonder of natural Florida. Today’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams doesn’t have us gazing up at palm fronds, but rather looking down to take note of blooms in what she calls our late spring "blue period".