Willard 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 two sons Robert and Michael. His oldest son Max lives in Maine. He teaches courses on: Poetry, Writing, American Literature and a course of 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.
- B.A., University of Maine in Classical Studies. University of Maine, 1990.
- M.A., English. Georgia State University, 1996.
- Ph.D., Purdue University. American Literature, Concentrations in Creative Writing and Poetry. 2001.
I have research interests in Sports and Literature, Literary Theory, American Literature, the literature of fly fishing and the history of American and South American Fisheries.
My areas of interest in writing are poetry, essays and literary criticism.
- “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.
- Reading Cormac McCarthy, Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., June 2009.
- “The Bruiser as Boxing Americana” in Midwestern Miscellany, Spring 2013
- Pelagic Mania. Finishing Line Press. (poetry chapbook). May 2017.
- I tie my own flies and string my own tennis rackets. My chapbook, Pelagic Mania, is the only chapbook that features poems about fly fishing.
- I love teaching and consider it an art. I draw inspiration from my favorite professors, musicians, intellectuals and stand up comedians.
- Some of my 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.