Amy Bennett Williams' Essays

Fridays @ 8:45am

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.

The Trouble with Mangoes

Sep 20, 2013
Credit: Amy Bennett Williams

Many people either have or can develop an allergic reaction to the skin of mangoes. News Press essayist Amy Bennett Williams is among them, but she’s also passionate about the fruit.

Remembering Beau – a Rooster and a Gentleman

Sep 13, 2013

News Press Essayist Amy Bennett Williams maintains an exurban homestead of sorts – populated by a menagerie of animals including chickens. Her family enjoys the fresh eggs. But sometimes, as we learn this week, a shadow falls.

Ann Winterbotham Campbell

Sep 6, 2013

Today marks the return to our airwaves of News-Press Essayist Amy Bennett Williams. She shares with us fond memories of one of the region’s most unforgettable characters.