"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
Some lovely news this week: my work has been awarded a Promise Award (which comes with a welcome bit of cash for the summer) from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, “a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families.” Here’s the write-up from the awardees page:
Joe Wilkins is working on a collection of short stories, The Kickers and the Cowboy Angels. The pieces we read from the collection impressed us with their muscular but poetic prose — a rare and compelling combination. The author of a memoir and two collections of poetry, Wilkins lives with his wife and two children in Oregon, where he’s also a professor of English at Linfield College.