Willard P. Greenwood II

Professor of English
Editor, Hiram Poetry Review, 2001 to present

B.A., University of Maine
M.A., Georgia State University
Ph.D., Purdue University


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Willard lives in Hiram, Ohio where he has been teaching English and Writing at Hiram College since 2001. 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 also teaches a legendary course called The Ethos and Practice of Fly Fishing, a writing/literature course in which students learn to fly fish. He is editor-in-chief of the Hiram Poetry Review, which has been in continuous publication since 1966.


  • Creative Writing (Poetry)
  • American Literature
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Sports and Literature
  • Ethos and Practice of Fly Fishing
  • Literary Theory

Research Interests

  • Ecocriticism
  • Postmodernism
  • Contemporary American fiction and poetry
  • Natural History of American Fish and Fisheries


  • “Mystery of the Flatliner’s Special,” Journal of Fly Fishing and Tying. Forthcoming (Spring 2017).
  • “Note from Ohio: Perfecting the Chuck and Duck on the Grand River,” Journal of Fly Fishing and Tying. Forthcoming (Winter 2016).
  • “Ditch Pigs,” The Drake. Fall 2016
  • “A Personal and Natural History of the Mickey Finn,” The American Fly Fisher Fall, 2014.
  • “Going Togue,” American Angler, May/June 2012.
  • “Claude Westfall and the Last Presidential Salmon,” The American Fly Fisher Summer 2011(Notable Selection in Best American Sports Writing of 2012. Michael Wilbon, ed.)
  • “Penobscot River: Big Water Bronze,” American Angler, July/August 2011.
  • “The Blueback Connection,” American Angler, May/June 2011.
  • “Ohio Steel” American Angler, March/April 2010.
  • Scholarly Publications “Walden Pond’s Mystery Trout,” The American Fly Fisher, fall 2010.
  • Reading Cormac McCarthy, Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., June 2009.
  • “The Bruiser as Boxing Americana” in Midwestern Miscellany, Spring 2013.
  • Recent Poetry Publications Vermont Hardware Store Fly Rod. Finishing Line Press. (poetry chapbook). Forthcoming.
  • The Listening Eye, “Kelleys Island V.F.W. May 5, 2002.” 2014
  • The Bruiser as Boxing Americana,” Midwestern Miscellany, Spring 2013.
  • “The Shore” in The Great Lakes Book Project: An Anthology of Creative Non-Fiction from the Region's Best Authors (2013).
  • “Review of Perspectives on Cormac McCarthy,” Modern Fiction Studies, Vol. 5, No. 3. 1999.
  • "Quaking Bog" in Passages North (winter/spring 2001)
  • "Pelagic Mania" in Seneca Review (April 2002)
  • "Widower" in Poetry Motel #30 (2002)
  • "The Western Shore" in The Listening Eye (2003)
  • "Biographical Details" in 32 Poems (2004)
  • "The Fatback Outhouse" in Conduit (2006)
  • "Insomniac" in Passages North (2007)
  • "The Evening Troll" and "Vermont Hardware Store Fly-Rod" in Yale Angler's Journal (2007)
  • Reading Cormac McCarthy, from Greenwood Press (June 2009)
  • "Ohio Steel" in American Angler (March/April 2010)
  • “Walden Pond’s Mystery Trout,” The American Fly Fisher, Fall 2010.
  • “The Blueback Connection,” American Angler, May/June 2011.
  • “Claude Westfall and the Last Presidential Salmon,” The American Fly Fisher, Summer 2011.
  • “Penobscot River: Big Water Bronze,” American Angler, July/August 2011.
  • Riseforms (online journal), “Cabin Fever Sickness” February 2012
  • The Art of Angling: Poems About Fishing, “Gravedigger,” 2011.
  • “After the Funeral,” Slipstream, 2011
  • “The Winged Victory,” Poetry Motel 2010
  • “Graveyard Wedding,” The Briar Cliff Review, 2009
  • “The Evening Troll” and “Vermont Hardware Store Fly-Rod,” Yale Angler’s Journal, 2007.
  • “Insomniac,” Passages North, Vol. 28, No. 1. 2007.
  • “The Fatback Outhouse,” Conduit, No. 17. 2006.
  • “Biographical Details” 32 Poems, 2004.
  • “The Western Shore,” The Listening Eye, 2003.
  • “Widower,” Poetry Motel #30, 2002.
  • “Pelagic Mania,” The Seneca Review, 2002.
  • “Quaking Bog” appeared in Passages North, Vol. 22, No. 1. 2001.
  • “The Grandiose Manner of Electricians,” Willow Springs, Issue 44, June 1999.
  • “Huge Manatees and Floridian Mangrove Estuaries,” Potato Eyes, No. 20&21, 1999.
  • “Endless and Tall Grass,” American Literary Review, Spring 1998.
  • “Dead Water,” Poem, No. 79, 1998.
  • “Augur,” The Atlanta Review, Spring/Summer issue, 1996.
  • “Church of the Morning,” Indefinite Space, 1995.
  • “Well” and “Michelangelo Calling,” Chants #7, 1995.
  • “The Hypotenuse,” Chants #5, 1992.
  • “The Wife of the Pastor Laughs,” Mobius, 1991.
  • “I Bought You a Lemon Geranium,” Chants #1, 1989.

Other interests:

I am a tennis junkie. I also enjoy literature about fishing. I fly-fish and tie my own flies as well.

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