McCallie Pays Tribute To Late Poet Wil Mills '88

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Wil Mills
Wil Mills

While paying a tribute to the late Wil Mills ’88, the Upper School English department spent the Monday chapel time not only sharing three of Mr. Mills’ poems but also giving insight to the world of poetry and creative writing.

Mr. Mills was a creative writing Fellow at the University of North Carolina and a writer-in-residence at Covenant College. He was a critically-acclaimed writer and poet with several efforts in publication. He passed away at age 41 from liver cancer.

Kemmer Anderson and Dr. Cleve Latham both taught English and creative writing to Mr. Mills during his days as a boarding student at McCallie. Each gave glowing remarks about the depth and clarity of nearly every piece Mr. Mills wrote in their respective classes. 

Sam Currin '03, McCallie’s English Department Head, read “Monteagle Farmer” to the Upper School. Dr. Latham followed with “Pop’s Happy Land and Truck Stop,” a poem he says he still reads to his Southern literature classes. Mr. Anderson rounded out the tribute with “Rain” and explained how many of Mr. Mills’ works were based in pastoral settings.

Mrs. Kathryn Oliver Mills was in the audience during Chapel, and Mr. and Mrs. Mills’ son Benjamin is currently a freshman at McCallie.

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