EventsSee below for a list of upcoming and past poetry readings, workshops, lectures, and other literary events presented and hosted by Paul J. Willis.

Upcoming Events

Paul Willis Presenting

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:00 pm

Liberal Arts for a Fragile Planet

Gaede Institute, Westmont College
Kerrwood Hall
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
A Poetry Reading by Paul Willis and Kristin George Bagdanov
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 6:30-9:00 pm

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Preservation Hall
740 Lake Avenue
Racine, WI 53403
Readings and Talks by Paul Willis, Naomi Shihab Nye, et al.
Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:30 pm

E. P. Foster Library

651 E. Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001
A Poetry Reading by Paul Willis, with open-mic to follow
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 7:00 pm

Corners of the Mouth Series

Linnaea’s Cafe
1110 Garden Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
A Poetry Reading by Paul Willis

Paul Willis Hosting


Recent Events

Paul Willis Presenting

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2:00 pm

The Barricades of Heaven:
A Literary Field Guide to Orange County, California

Cypress Library
5331 Orange Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630
A Poetry Reading by Chris Davidson, Mitsuye Yamada, and Paul Willis
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 4:00 pm

Kerrwood Hall

Westmont College
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
A Poetry Reading by Paul Willis
Tuesday, December 13, 7:00 pm

Poet Laureate Capstone Reading

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
A Poetry Reading by Paul Willis and Fellow Museum Laureates
Tuesday, November 15, 6:00 pm

Dug Uyesaka: Long Story Short

Ridley-Tree Museum of Art
Westmont College
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
A Poetry Reading with David Starkey
Sunday, November 6, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Poetry Writing Workshop

805 Writing Conference
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Ventura, CA
Facilitated by Paul Willis
Contact Kathleen Kaiser:
Tuesday, October 4, 9:30 am

The Write Practice Retreat

555 Camino Cielo
Ojai, CA 93023
A Discussion of Writing Process
Sunday, October 2, 3:00 pm

Nature Poetry Reading

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
A Poetry Reading by Paul Willis and Friends
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 3:00-4:30 pm

Nature Poetry Writing Workshop

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Facilitated by Paul Willis
Contact Justin Canty:
Friday, June 24, to Sunday, June 26, 2016

Anderson Island Writing Retreat

Anderson Island, WA
A Guided Weekend Retreat for Writers in All Genres
Facilitated by Paul Willis
Contact Dianne Avey: (253) 884-9798
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 7:00 pm

Tipton House

Sedgwick Reserve
3566 Brinkerhoff Avenue
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
A Poetry Reading

Paul Willis Hosting

Thursday,February 16, 2017, 7:00 pm

Westmont Reading Series

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall
Westmont College
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
A Reading by Young Adult Novelist Sara Zarr
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 2:00 pm
Remembering William Stafford: A Community Reading

First Crossing Day Use Area, Los Padres National Forest

Across from 3900 Paradise Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Featuring Enid Osborn, Ron Alexander, and all who are present
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7:00 pm
Santa Barbara Poetry Series

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

653 Paseo Nuevo, Upper Arts Terrace
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Featuring Karis Kirchgestner, Christopher Buckley, and Ellery Akers

Past Poetry Readings & Workshops

Santa Barbara

Borders Bookstore
Cabrillo Arts Center
Casa de la Guerra
Center Stage Theatre
Channing Peake Gallery
Chaucer’s Bookstore
Earthling Bookshop
El Montecito Presbyterian Church
Grace Lutheran Church
Granada Books
Jane Deering Gallery
Jojo’s Cafe
Karpeles Manuscript Museum
KCSB Radio
KCTV Television
KDB Radio
Mission Poetry Series
Montecito Covenant Church
Montecito Public Library
Museum of Contemporary Art
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Providence Hall
Samarkand Retirement Community
Santa Barbara Book and Author Festival
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara Christian Writer’s Conference
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara City Hall
Santa Barbara County Arts Symposium
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara News-Press
Santa Barbara Poetry Series
Santa Barbara Public Library
Santa Barbara Symphony
Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference
See’s Coffee Company
Sullivan Goss Gallery
University Club
University of California at Santa Barbara
The Village
Vista del Monte Retirment Community
Westmont College

Elsewhere in California

Art City, Ventura
Azusa Pacific University
Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Ventura
Benicia City Park
California Native Plant Society, San Diego
California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo
Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard
Carpinteria Public Library
Christian Writers’ Fellowship of Orange County, Huntington Beach
Clunie House, San Francisco
Cody’s Books, Berkeley
College of the Redwoods, Crescent City
Concordia University, Irvine
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ventura
Cypress, Library, Cypress
The Daily Grind, Ventura
Dutton’s Bookstore, Brentwood
E.P. Foster Library, Ventura
Fresno Pacific University
Glendale Federal Bank, Canoga Park
Great Pacific Ironworks, Ventura
KKUP Radio, Santa Clara
Linnaea’s Café, San Luis Obispo
Los Osos Public Library
Midnight Special Bookstore, Santa Monica
Ojai Poetry Festival
The Performance Studio, Ventura
Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles
St. Joseph’s Cathedral, San Diego
Simpson University, Redding
Tujunga City Museum
Valona Deli, Crockett
Ventura Book Festival
West Hollywood Book Fair
Wilding Museum, Los Olivos
Zoey’s Café, Ventura

Elsewhere in the United States

Abilene Christian University, TX
Bethel College, St. Paul, MN
Bookery Nook, Denver, CO
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
Clark Community College, Vancouver, WA
Dallas Baptist University, TX
Elizabethtown College, PA
Friends of William Stafford, Portland, OR
George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Green Bean Coffeehouse, Seattle, WA
Harding University, Searcy, AR
Houghton College, NY
Kodiak, AK
Looking Glass Bookstore, Portland, OR
Missouri State Poetry Society, Cuba, MO
North Cascades National Park, WA
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI
Powell’s Bookstore, Portland, OR
Primrose Studio, Fort Collins, CO
Seattle Pacific University, WA
Seattle University, WA
Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO
Southwest Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, OR
Taylor University, Upland, IN
University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Belton, TX
University of Nevada, Reno
Wheaton College, IL