Joe Wilkins

"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

Months away…

…but getting closer to the day my debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, lands! It’s now up for pre-order at Amazon! Advertisements

May 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Interview at Spoken Words

A great joy to talk with Tayo Basquiat of Wyoming Public Media for the public radio program Spoken Words.  

March 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Or You Can Come Study with Me in Alaska!

I’m headed to Alaska (for the first time!) this summer to teach at the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, where none other than Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Doerr will be the keynote … Continue reading

February 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Come Study With Me at Fishtrap

I’ll be pointing my nose toward the Wallowas again this summer, where I’ll be joining Laura Pritchett, Nina McConigley, Jennifer Sahn, Kim Stafford, and more for the 31st Annual Fishtrap … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

A New Story, “Creekboy,” at The Georgia Review

Ten years ago Stephen Corey, then the new head editor at The Georgia Review, took my essay “Eight Fragments from My Grandfather’s Body.” It was my first real prose publication, … Continue reading

July 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

When We Were Birds Lands on the Oregonian’s Summer Reads List

When We Were Birds has landed on The Oregonian’s Summer Reads List, alongside heavy hitters like Tyehimba Jess, Tracy Daugherty, Sue Monk Kidd, Alexandra Fuller, and others! Here’s a bit … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Oregon Book Awards

So pleased to be able to say that last night When We Were Birds won the Stafford/Hall Prize in Poetry from the Oregon Book Awards. It was a lovely evening, … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Big News

The link is behind a paywall at Publishers Marketplace, but here are the important details: Little, Brown just bought my novel! And the next one after that! “National Magazine Award … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

New Poems at The Southern Review and Poetry Daily

Just doing a little catching up: my poem “In His Previous Life as a Camas Lily,” published in the winter issue of the always wonderful The Southern Review, was featured … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

When We Were Birds is a finalist for the Oregon Book Award!

It’s been a great joy, these past three and a half years, to get to know and, slowly, become part of the Oregon literary community, which is why I’m so pleased … Continue reading

January 25, 2017 · 1 Comment
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