Elizabeth Willis, professor of English, authored several poems recently:
- “Alive” is forthcoming in American Reader in 2014.
- “Ephemeral Stream” was posted on Poem-A-Day, Academy of American Poets online on Jan. 2, 2014.
- “Survey” was published in A Public Space No. 17 in 2013.
- “The Witch” is included in the forthcoming 100 Poems Your Teachers Don’t Want You to Read anthology to be published by Penguin Putnam in 2015.
- “Watertown Is Ninety-Nine Percent Land” is included in the forthcoming Collected in One Fund Boston Benefit anthology to be published by Granary Books in 2014.
- “Oil and Water” included in the Oh Sandy!: A Remembrance anthology was published by Brooklyn Rail in 2014.
- “The Witch“ was included in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern Poetry anthology published by Norton in 2013.
- “R. D. / H. D.” appeared in Far From the Centers of Ambition published by Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2013.
- “Bright Ellipses: The Botanic Garden, Meteoric Flowers, and Leaves of Grass” is forthcoming in Active Romanticism to be published by the University of Alabama Press in 2014.
Composer Nicholas Stoia has written three songs based on poems by Elizabeth Willis, the Shapiro-Silverberg Associate Professor of Creative Writing, associate professor of English.
Stoia performed the songs at the Monadnock Music Festival July 15, 16 and 18 in New Hampshire.
Elizabeth Willis, the Shapiro-Silverberg Associate Professor of Creative Writing, has a group of poems published in the current issue of BOMB.
Jan Willis, professor of religion, was one of 20 American religious scholars and nonprofit leaders selected by the U.S. State Department to participate in an Indonesia-U.S. Interfaith Cooperation Forum, held in Indonesia, Jan. 25-27. She stands before a model is of the great stupa/mandala Borobudur in the courtyard of the Hotel Borobudur. The actual Borobudur is the largest Buddhist monument in the world.
Unexpected invitations come with the holidays every year, but one in particular received by Jan Willis, professor of religion, caught her attention. It was from the U.S. State Department, and was inspired by President Barack Obama.
The invitation asked Willis to serve as just one of 20 American religious scholars and nonprofit leaders selected by the U.S. State Department to participate in the inaugural Indonesia-U.S. Interfaith Cooperation Forum that was being held in Jakarta, Indonesia, Jan. 25-27 under the auspices of Religions for Peace.
“As soon as I read it, I knew I had to attend this,” Willis says. “It was a unique opportunity, and one I knew could not miss.”
The consultation was a follow-up to President Obama’s “New Beginning” speech in Cairo, Egypt where he called for interfaith cooperation, especially between Muslims and other faiths. Indonesia was chosen as the location for the first meeting by virtue of it being the largest Muslim nation in the world.
Willis, a Buddhist and renowned Buddhist scholar, was the only Buddhist from The United States invited and one of only two at the gathering; the other:
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