Paul Willis

Paul J. Willis is a professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.  His creative work includes six collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Little Rhymes for Lowly Plants (White Violet Press, 2019); a quartet of eco-fantasy novels, The Alpine Tales (WordFarm, 2010); two collections of creative nonfiction, the most recent of which is To Build a Trail: Essays on Curiosity, Love & Wonder (WordFarm, 2005); and an edited anthology, In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press, 2005).

His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Image, and Wilderness, and have also been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 1996 (Scribner’s), The Best Spiritual Writing 1999 (HarperSanFrancisco), The Best American Spiritual Writing 2004 (Houghton Mifflin), and The Best Christian Writing 2006 (Jossey-Bass).  More recently his poems have been featured on Verse Daily and The Writer’s Almanac.  He completed a term of service as poet laureate of Santa Barbara for 2011-2013, and served as an artist-in-residence in North Cascades National Park from 2014-2015.

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