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

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