The Alpine Tales
Paul J. Willis is a professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He grew up in Oregon, went to Wheaton College in Illinois, worked as a mountain guide in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, and received his graduate degrees from Washington State University. He first drafted No Clock in the Forest while writing a dissertation on The Forest in Shakespeare: Setting as Character.
Willis has published two books of poetry, Visiting Home (Pecan Grove Press, 2008) and Rosing from the Dead (WordFarm, 2009), and with David Starkey has co-edited In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press, 2005). He is also the author of Bright Shoots of Everlastingness: Essays on Faith and the American Wild (WordFarm, 2005), named by ForeWord magazine as the year's best essay collection from an independent press. His poems and essays have appeared 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).
Willis gives readings and workshops around the country. He now spends his spare time rambling in the San Rafael Mountains behind his home.
An Interview with Paul J. Willis:
"Only You Can Write Your Poem," an interview with Joe Bunting for his blog, The Write Practice. Read the interview; then post your own poem!
Willis's Poems on Verse Daily and The Writer's Almanac!
"Common Ground" (posted October 12, 2010, repeated from an original posting July 26, 2009--this one must be a favorite of Garrison Keillor!)
Other Books by Paul J. WillisBright Shoots of Everlastingness (WordFarm)
How to Get There (Finishing Line Press)
In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press)
No Clock in the Forest (Avon Books)