Paul Gilliland retired after over 30 years of service with the US Army and settled in the high desert of Southeast Arizona, just miles from the historic wild west towns of Tombstone and Bisbee.
He holds Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Intelligence Studies, Linguistics, and Education from Cochise College; a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Theory/Composition and Technical Theater Design from Olivet College; and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Music Composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
In addition to teaching interviewing techniques and report writing for the US Army since 2013, he founded Southern Arizona Press (SAP) in early 2022 with the vision of creating an independent publishing company to promote the works of self-published and lesser-known unpublished authors and poets to the rest of the world through publishing themed and unthemed anthologies and assisting in the publishing and promoting of their books.
He is an educator, author, form poet, composer of 21st century chamber music, and publisher. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP); National Writers Union (NWU); Authors Guild (AG); Poetry Society of America (PSA); the Academy of American Poets; Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), and the Association for Publishers for Special Sales (APSS).
He currently has three published volumes of poetry, Hindsights of 2020, The Journey of the Fool: A Poetic Journey in Three Parts, and A Heroic Crown and Other Sonnets all available at the SAP Online Store or through Amazon. He is currently working on completing his fourth collection of poetry, Tales from a Southwest Inn.
His poetry appears online in numerous Facebook poetry groups as well as being published in Sonnet Sanctuary Anthology Volume 1 (A Romeo Nation), Open Skies Quarterly Volumes 4, 5, 6, Perceptions, Dark Reflections, and Myths, Legends, and Lore (Shrouded Eye Press), and From Sunset to Sunrise (Dark Poetry Society Anthology).
As the Editor-in-Chief at Southern Arizona Press, he has oversees the selection and formatting of all of the themed anthologies and works with other authors and poets to bring their books to print.