Wendy Willis splits her time between her roles as mother, poet, and advocate for democracy. Wendy was raised in Lane County, Oregon, in a family of tough and loving women, nearly all of whom could make a mean pie. Now, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, the poet David Biespiel; his son Lucas; her two daughters, Ruby and Violet. They also share their home with two big dogs, a rambly garden, and an assortment of fish.
Wendy’s first book, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was released by Press 53 on October 1, 2012. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Policy Consensus Initiative, a national non-profit organization devoted to improving democratic governance. In addition to publishing poetry and essays in a variety of national and regional journals and serving as an adjunct fellow in poetry at the Attic Institute, Wendy has served as a federal public defender and as the law clerk to Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr. of the Oregon Supreme Court. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law Center and holds a B.A. from Willamette University. She is currently completing her M.F.A. in poetry at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.
Wendy is available to give readings or talks on issues related to poetry, public life, and–under the right circumstances–pie. To schedule a reading or talk, please contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org.