Paul Willis, Ph.D.

Professor of English
(805) 565-7174

Office Location

Reynolds Hall 104

Office Available

Fall 2022
MWF 9:15-10:20 a.m.
Tu 1:15-3:05 p.m.
and by appointment



Renaissance literature and creative writing


Dr. Willis came to Westmont in 1988. After graduating from Wheaton College, he took a master’s degree and a doctorate in English at Washington State University. He has published numerous poems in journals such as Poetry, Ascent, Wilderness, and Christian Century. His collections of poetry include “Say This Prayer into the Past,” “Rosing from the Dead,” and “Visiting Home.” He co-edited “In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare.” His book of creative nonfiction, “Bright Shoots of Everlastingness: Essays on Faith and the American Wild,” includes essays and reviews. He also published a four-part eco-fantasy novel, “The Alpine Tales.” He served as the Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara from 2011 to 2013.