"Joe Wilkins has a big, true, highway-running American voice. When you see a new book of his, you should celebrate. Just buy it, put down the window, and let the music blow back your hair. It's nothing but alive." – Luis Alberto Urrea
I’m excited to announce that I’m joining Charles Finn and the editorial team at High Desert Journal as Nonfiction Editor. HDJ is a semi-annual journal of literary and visual art from and about the American West and in past issues has published a veritable who’s who of contemporary western writers, including William Kittredge, Kim Barnes, Rick Bass, Craig Childs, Amy Irvine, John Daniel, Charles Goodrich, David James Duncan, Kim Stafford, Melissa Mylchreest, Brandon R. Schrand, Maya Jewell Zeller, Mary Sojourner, Russell Rowland, and Robert Wrigley, among many, many others.
Though I’m mostly just excited to get reading, I’m especially interested in narrative and lyric essays that challenge our usual notions (whether historical, political, geographic, or what have you) of the West, as well as work that addresses poverty, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. So if you’ve got something that might fit, send it my way!