Poetry. "Wilkins' poems are savage and beautiful, full of hard-won lives and a godawful tenderness. In this book Manifest Destiny is more than political rhetoric—it's a call to find the limits of survival. It has dust-stunned men, hardscrabble women, and a patient devil, sharpening his teeth."—Traci Brimhall
"For Wilkins, the American West is no theme park or romantic diorama. He offers an earnest glimpse into past and present landscapes that are real and imagined, mourned and celebrated and witnessed—for these are human landscapes."—Michael McGriff
Author City: MCMINNVILLE, OR USA
Joe Wilkins's debut book of poems, KILLING THE MURNION DOGS, was published by Black Lawrence in 2011 and subsequently named a finalist for a number of national post-publication book awards, including the Paterson Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award. Wilkins's other books include a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry (Counterpoint 2012), a finalist for the 2012 Montana Book and the 2013 Orion Book Award, and another book of poems, NOTES FROM THE JOURNEY WESTWARD (White Pine 2013). His fiction chapbook Far Enough: A Western in Fragments is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.A National Magazine Award finalist and PEN Center USA Award finalist, Wilkins has published poems, essays, and stories in The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Ecotone, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Sun, Orion, and Slate. Wilkins lives with his wife, son, and daughter in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College.