Lionel Willis was born in 1932 in Toronto, Canada. He taught English Literature at Ryerson Polytechnical University for 34 years, retiring in 1992. His formal verse has been appearing in little journals for the past forty years, especially since early retirement allowed him time to write and submit. His verse has appeared in Candelabrum, The Classical Outlook, Dream International Quarterly, The Lyric, The Poet's Pen, Time for Rhyme and Tucumcari Literary Review. The Plowman Ministries Inc. will be issuing his first chapbook, The Dreamstone and Other Rhymes, very soon. Hs piece of verse, "The Hole", won the Lyric Memorial Prize for 2002. He has also worked as a biologist and as a painter/designer and this sometimes shows in his verse.