Willard P. Greenwood II, Ph.D.

Professor of English, John S. Kenyon Professor of English, Editor, Hiram Poetry Review

Willard Greenwood


Willard Greenwood is from Maine and lives in Hiram, Ohio, where he has been teaching English and writing at Hiram College since 2001. He lives with his wife, Beth, and his two sons, Robert and Michael. His oldest son, Max, lives in Maine.

He teaches courses on poetry, writing, American literature and fly fishing. He is editor-in-chief of the Hiram Poetry Review, which has been in continuous publication since 1966. He also has published a scholarly book, “Reading Cormac McCarthy.” He has published articles, essays and poems on fly fishing.


  • Ph.D., American Literature, Concentrations in Creative Writing and Poetry, Purdue University
  • M.A., English, Georgia State University
  • B.A., Classical Studies, University of Maine

Research Interests

  • Sports and literature
  • Literary theory
  • American literature
  • Literature of fly fishing
  • History of American and South American fisheries
  • In writing: poetry, essays and literary criticism

Selected Publications

Popular Publications

  • “Ditch Pigs,” The Drake. Fall 2016
  • “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.

Scholarly Publications

  • Reading Cormac McCarthy, Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., June 2009.
  • The Bruiser as Boxing Americana” in Midwestern Miscellany, Spring 2013

Poetry Publications

  • Tail (the voice of saltwater flyfishing) “Night Blitz” Spring 2021
  • Marsh Hawk Review (online) “The Utility Sink in the Atlantic House Hotel Kitchen” and “A Golden World, A Golden Morning.” Fall 2020
  • Marsh Hawk Review (online) “Phantom Pain” and “On Not Reactivating My Facebook Account…” Spring 2019.
  • “When the Run is Done” (Summer 2021) Flyfishing and Tying Journal
  • “Discovering and Rediscovering the Goblin” (Spring 2021) Flyfishing and Tying Journal
  • “A College Course on Fly Fishing” (Fall 2020) Flyfishing and Tying Journal “Fishing with Winslow Homer” (Spring 2019, Vol. 45 No. 2) The American Fly Fisher
  • Pelagic Mania. Finishing Line Press. (poetry chapbook). May 2017.

Fun Facts

  • Greenwood ties his own flies and strings his own tennis rackets. His chapbook, “Pelagic Mania,” is the only chapbook that features poems about fly fishing.
  • He loves teaching and considers it an art. He draws inspiration from his favorite professors, musicians, intellectuals and stand-up comedians.
  • Some of his favorite courses are The Ethos and Practice of Fly Fishing, The Epics of Homer, Four Early Novels by Stephen King, Sports and Literature, American Literature II and Advanced Literary Theory.