Paul Jay Gilliland
Paul Gilliland grew up in a small Midwest town in southwest Michigan and after over 30 years of service with the US Army that took him to six continents and nearly 30 countries across the globe he retired and settled in the high desert of Southeast Arizona, just miles from the historic towns of Tombstone and Bisbee. He holds Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Intelligence Studies, Linguistics, and Education; a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Theory/Composition and Technical Theater Design; and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Music Composition. He is an educator; composer of 21st century chamber music; form poet; and member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Southern Arizona Press and currently has two published books of poetry, "Hindsights of 2020" and "The Journey of the Fool: A Poetic Journey in Three Parts", both available through Amazon. He is currently working on completing his third book of poetry, "Tales from a Southwest Inn." His love of World War One poetry is currently guiding him in the researching, writing, and editing of the text for the opening sections of Southern Arizona Press’ fall anthology, "The Poppy: A Symbol of Remembrance" which will include a huge comprehensive collection of World War One remembrance poetry along with a section dedicated to 21st century poetic works honoring fallen war heroes from living poets across the globe. His poetry appears online in a number of Facebook poetry group as well as published in Sonnet Sanctuary Anthology Volume 1 (A Romeo Nation), Open Skies Quarterly Volumes 4, 5, 6, and Perceptions (Shrouded Eye Press), and From Sunset to Sunrise (Dark Poetry Society Anthology).
He can be followed online at https://www.facebook.com/PaulGillilandPoetry