To Build a Trail

Essays on Curiosity, Love & Wonder

Paul J. Willis

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Subject Category: Essays
Length: 174 pages
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
Binding: paper
Published: May 2018
ISBN: 978-1-60226-020-7


Paul J. Willis is a professor of English at Westmont College and a former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of Bright Shoots of Everlastingness: Essays on Faith and the American Wild, named by Foreword magazine as the best essay collection of the year from an independent press. He has also published five volumes of poetry, most recently Getting to Gardiskey Lake and Deer at Twilight: Poems from the North Cascades. Also set in the Cascades—or at least a mythic version of them—is his eco-fantasy novel, The Alpine Tales.

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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!)
"Preparedness" (posted May 9, 2009)
"Letter to Beowulf" (posted October 8, 2008)

Other Books by Paul J. Willis


Deer at Twilight: Poems from the North Cascades (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2018)
Getting to Gardisky Lake (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2016)
Say This Prayer into the Past (Poiema Poetry Series, Cascade Books, 2013)
Rosing from the Dead (WordFarm, 2009)
Visiting Home (Pecan Grove Press, 2008)
How to Get There (Finishing Line Press, 2004)

Edited Collections of Poetry

In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press, 2013)


Bright Shoots of Everlastingness (WordFarm, 2005)


The Alpine Tales (WordFarm, 2010)