Award-winning poet Paul Willis visits George Fox

Paul Willis will visit the George Fox campus Nov. 4 for a free public reading of his works.George Fox's English department welcomes

Paul Willis, author and poet

Public Reading
Thursday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Room 105, Hoover Academic Building
No charge

Paul Willis' works have appeared in “Best American Poetry” and “Best Spiritual Writing” publications. He will read selections from his body of work, which includes two books of poetry, Rosing from the Dead (WordFarm, 2009) and Visiting Home (Pecan Grove Press, 2008).

Willis has been a professor of English at Westmont College since 1988 and is a former instructor at Whitworth and Houghton colleges. He is the author of one book of creative nonfiction, Bright Shoots of Everlastingness: Essays on Faith and the American Wild (WordFarm, 2005), and this fall, WordFarm will publish his four-part eco-fantasy novel, The Alpine Tales, set in Sisters, Ore.

“We feel very fortunate to be able to share Paul with our campus and the broader community,” George Fox English professor Bill Jolliff said. “The list of writers working so successfully in so many different literary genres is a short one.”

Willis' writing reveals his love of life – his devotion to family, community and the outdoors – and his poems and essays have appeared in The Best American Poetry 1996 (Scribner’s), The Best Spiritual Writing 1999 (Harper, San Francisco), The Best American Spiritual Writing 2004 (Houghton Mifflin), The Best Christian Writing 2006 (Jossey Bass), Verse Daily and The Writer’s Almanac.