by Willard P. Greenwood
Willard is from Maine but lives in Hiram, Ohio where he has been teaching English and Writing at Hiram College since 2001. He lives with his wife Beth and two sons Robert and Michael. His oldest son Max lives in Maine. He teaches a legendary course called The Ethos and Practice of Fly Fishing, a writing/literature course in which students learn to fly fish. He claims that Pelagic Mania is the only chapbook ever published in which all the poems feature fly fishing. He has lived and fished in Indiana, Georgia, Connecticut, Vermont, Arkansas, Ohio, Maine and caught fish in Michigan, Texas, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado and Utah.
He teaches courses on The Epics of Homer, Craft and Technique of Poetry, Sport and Literature, The Early Novels of Stephen King, American Literature and Literary Theory. He is editor-in-chief of the Hiram Poetry Review, which has been in continuous publication since 1966.
In addition to advanced studies on the Atlantic Ocean, Penobscot, Grand and Chagrin Rivers, his education is as follows: Ph.D., Purdue University, Department of English. Modern and contemporary American literature with secondary areas in poetry and creative writing. M.A., English, Georgia State University. B.A., University of Maine at Orono, English with a concentration in Classics.
In addition to the poems, he has published articles in The Drake, The American Fly Fisher, American Angler and The Journal of Flyfishing and Tying.