Santa Maria Sun

Poets Paul J. Willis and Garland Thompson Jr. read their work in Orcutt

Intrigued by the intersection of faith and nature,” is how poet Paul Willis describes himself on his website. A cursory glance at his body of work reveals it’s an apt label.

“[Poetry] is always there as a way for people to connect with themselves and one another,” Willis said. “And to connect to the world beyond them, and to the spiritual world.” … Willis is a former poet laureate of Santa Barbara who currently serves as a professor of English at Westmont College. more

Athlete of the Week: Haleigh Batty

Allan Hancock College track and field star Haleigh Batty is a record-breaker. …
Batty, who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in either nursing or sports medicine, officially committed last week to Westmont College, where she will continue her track and field career on a scholarship. more

Organist Thomas Joyce to perform century-spanning concert for Santa Ynez series

The organ is a beast of an instrument. Several ranks of keyboards stacked on one another, dozens of stops, and the large floor pedals are all wrestled under the fingers and feet of musicians like Thomas Joyce. … He also teaches at Westmont College and accompanies on piano at Santa Barbara City College. more