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Spotlight On: Willard Greenwood, Professor of English

This week, we feature Willard Greenwood, professor of English and editor of the Hiram Poetry Review. Continue to check back for more faculty profiles.

willard-greenwoodWhat attracted you to join the Hiram College community?

The opportunity to teach creative writing, American Literature and be the editor of a renowned poetry journal was my dream job.

In your opinion, what is distinctive about Hiram College?

Hiram allows students to become fully formed individuals and adults, and the college encourages its professors to continue developing.

What would you like people to know about you beyond your role here at the college?

I love politics, economics, art, bourbon, good food and music.

What is your favorite book and why?

Can I name a few? Here are some that have left an impression:  Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I am drawn to well-written novels that are beautiful, violent, transgressive and obscene. These novels have stories and characters that make the real world disappear or add to my experience of the world as I know it.

What attracted you to your academic discipline?

Like most people in English, I loved reading. As I have gotten more experience, I am interested in perfecting the art of teaching, which is not easy.

How would you describe Hiram students?

Hiram students are real professionals — they take their education seriously and are interested in developing their minds and characters.

Finish this thought: People at Hiram might be surprised to know that I…

love hitting tennis balls against the cinder block walls in Fleming Field House. I am always trying to perfect my ground strokes.

Tell us about one of the classes that you enjoy teaching and why.

I enjoy teaching a first year writing course called Sports and Literature. I am a sports junkie and am able to get people to think about sports and their own lives in ways that might not have. Go Browns!

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