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William Vlach lives in San Francisco. His poetry has been published in the United States and the U.K. Both his playwriting and parody works have won writing awards. His essays on the history of ethics have been published in psychology journals in the States. His research on police psychology has been published in the volume Violence: Mercurial Gestalt. He has served on the Steering Group of Oxford University’s Cultures of Violence Project. He continues his clinical practice in San Francisco.
One reviewer wrote that The Golden Chalice of Huanhpu was "An amazing feat of storytelling: envisioning the Guatemala of 500 years past with it’s richness of clashing worlds. Clearly well researched linguistically as well as historically, the author evokes and gives life to characters very different from each other (and from ourselves); through their differing speech patterns their consciousness is revealed. This creates a dreamlike and hypnotic atmosphere in which the reader can feel safe in going back in time with an intelligent and compassionate guide." The novel won the 2015 BAIPA Book Award for Fiction.