Will Wells

Will Wells has published poems and literary translations widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. His first book of poetry, Conversing with the Light, won the 1987 Anhinga Award. He is a professor of English/Humanities at Rhodes State College, Lima, Ohio.

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2010 Ohio Poetry Association “Poet of the Year”

Winner of the 2009 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

To take the mess of life and make meaning from it is what all poets seek to do. For Will Wells, recipient of the thirteenth annual Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, this includes reaching across centuries and continents, into the minds and hearts of disparate individuals—Albert Einstein, Andrea Yates, the traveler from Porlock, Dante, or Holocaust survivors, including his own grandmother—to extract the personal value embedded there for him.

“These are the poems of a poet who takes his obligations seriously—obligations to his world, his family, his intellectual heritage: ‘The longing / in belongings lines up in rows of books, / a thousand titles of how owned I am.’ These highly musical poems, which include a generous helping of superbly crafted sonnets, are beautifully written, smart, and moving—rich in all the rewards poetry offers.”

Andrew Hudgins