Dr. Willis Barnstone

California, United States

Willis Barnstone, born in Lewiston, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin, the Sorbonne, SOAS, Columbia and Yale, taught in Greece at the end of the civil war (1949-51), in Buenos Aires during the Dirty War, and during the Cultural Revolution he went to China where he was later a Fulbright Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University (1984-1985). Former O’Connor Professor of Greek at Colgate University, he is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Spanish at Indiana University. A Guggenheim fellow, he has also received the NEA, NEH, ACLS, Emily Dickinson Award of the PSA, Auden Award of NY Council on the Arts, Midland Authors Award, four Book of the Month selections, and four Pulitzer nominations. His work has appeared in APR, Harper’s, NYRB, Paris Review, Poetry, New Yorker, TLS. Recent books are Life Watch (BOA), Poetics of Translation (Yale), Ancient Greek Lyrics (Indiana) and Restored New Testament (Norton), and The Gnostic Bible (Shambhala). His new books in 2011 are Stickball on 88th Street (Red Hen Press), Dawn Café in Paris (Sheep Meadow Press), and The Poems of Jesus Christ/from The Restored New Testament (WW Norton), ABC of Translation: Poems & Drawings 2013 (Black Widow Press), Borges at Eighty (Conversations), New Directions, 2013


  • Doctoral Degree in Comparative Literature--Spanish from Yale University (1960)
  • Master of Arts in English from Columbia University (1956)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and French from Bowdoin College

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Children's literature , Poetry