Author Joe Wilkins
Join us in welcoming Joe Wilkins, 2014 GLCA New Writers Award winner, Pushcart Prize winner, and author of "The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry."
We welcome the opportunity to bring community and writers together. Come listen, join in the dialogue, and celebrate the voices of our region and our community.
Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm, Longview Public Library
Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry, winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award—an honor that has previously recognized early work by the likes of Richard Ford, Louise Erdrich, and Alice Munro—and two previous books of poetry, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs. His third full-length collection, When We Were Birds, was selected by Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series and was recently named a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award finalist, Wilkins has published essays, poems, and stories in The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Ecotone, The Sun, Orion, and Slate. Of Wilkins's work, the Indiana Review writes, “The most striking component of it is its awareness of ‘the whole world.’ What is ordinary becomes transcendent. In places derelict and seemingly unexceptional, Wilkins compels us to recognize what is worth salvage, worth praise.” Wilkins lives with his wife, son, and daughter in western Oregon, where he directs the creative writing program at Linfield College.
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