The author of seven full volumes of poetry (Somewhere to Follow, Little Rhymes for Lowly Plants, Deer at Twilight: Poems from the North Cascades, Getting to Gardisky Lake, Say This Prayer into the Past, Rosing from the Dead, and Visiting Home), Paul J. Willis also wrote the eco-fantasy omnibus The Alpine Tales and the YA novel All in a Garden Green. He co-edited In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare, and his creative nonfiction has been collected in To Build a Trail: Essays on Curiosity, Love, and Wonder and Bright Shoots of Everlastingness: Essays on Faith and the American Wild.
Paul J. Willis’s poems have appeared in hundreds of publications, including the 1996 edition of Best American Poetry, Poetry magazine,Wilderness, and Christian Century.
His short fiction has been published in Ascent, Image, and The Other Side, where it received an award from the Evangelical Press Association.
Willis’s narrative and reflective essays have been anthologized in Best Spiritual Writing 1999 (HarperSanFrancisco), Best American Spiritual Writing 2004 (Houghton Mifflin), and Best Christian Writing 2006 (Jossey-Bass).