"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 thinking of this one as my Midwestern: We Had to Go On Living, a limited-edition chapbook of two essays, “Northern Pike,” which originally appeared in the Harvard Review, and “Bruised,” originally appearing in The Sun, from our years in small-town Iowa. Thanks to Red Bird Chapbooks for their attention to these essays and for the beautifully designed chapbook.