Mischa Willett (Ph.D.) teaches English at Seattle Pacific University and is the author of Phases (Cascade Books, 2017). His academic specialty is 19th-century British Literature, especially focusing on the Spasmodic School as late-Romantics. His essays, poems, and translations appear in Rio Grande Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Books and Culture, Basalt, Comment Magazine, Monarch Review, and elsewhere. He is also host of the podcast, Poems for the People.
He lives on the north side of Queen Anne hill in Seattle, WA, overlooking what was once Lake Washington’s watershed, when, full from spring and winter rains, it funneled into Puget Sound. He’s always wanted to live there, the way some people hope to live in Paris or Fiji.
Most mornings, he walks to SPU, where he teaches students to be more careful with, and inspired by, language. He works in 19th-century British poetry, though he also teach Shakespeare, the Inklings, Creative Writing, and Composition.