Harry Willson's formal schooling include a B.A. in chemistry and math at Lafayette College, Easton, PA, 1953 [summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa], and an M.Dv. [Master of Divinity] in ancient mid-east language and literature at Princeton Theological Seminary. He also became bilingual, through one year of Spanish Studies at the University of Madrid, and he has since studied Spanish, literature, philosophy, mythology and theatre arts at the University of New Mexico. He has the Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera from the University of Salamanca.
He learned more by working: truck farming through high school and college in Williamsport, PA, and jackhammering in Lansdale, PA. He served as student pastor at the Presbyterian Church, Hamburg, NJ, for four years while in seminary.
In 1958 he and his wife and three children moved to New Mexico, where he served as bi-lingual missionary pastor, in Bernalillo, Alameda and Placitas for eight years. He served as Permanent Clerk of the Presbytery of Rio Grande, Chairman of Enlistments and Candidates, Chairman of the Commission on Race, and Moderator of the Presbytery.
In 1966 he left the church, in sorrow and anger, mostly over the Vietnam War. He taught school for ten years, at the Albuquerque Academy and at Sandia Preparatory School.
Since 1976 he has been self-employed and building a body of work as a writer. He has assisted in his wife's business, Draperies by Adela, as bookkeeper, estimator and installer, and has managed several businesses of his own, including worm ranching, organic gardening, conducting dream workshops, raising rabbits, selling fireplace inserts and caning chairs.
He has done freelance teaching and writing, for the New Mexico Independent, AIM Magazine, Anarchy, Xizquil, Highlights, For Children, PM Magazine, Senior Citizen workshops, UNM Honors Department, and UNM Continuing Education Department.
Over the decades he has been an activist in peace and justice causes, emphasizing in recent years his concern for radioactive dumping in New Mexico.
Biography provided by the publisher, January 2003.