I’m headed to Seattle soon, where I’m jazzed to check out lots of readings and panels, buy lots of books, and sign a few books and talk about landscape myself. Here’s the official schedule:


Thursday, February 27, 2014

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Spot: 502 Author Signing: Wilkins, Joe
Organization Name: Fugue Literary Journal / Idaho MFA

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Spot: 1201 Author Signing: Wilkins, Joe
Organization Name: Michigan State University Press
Friday, February 28, 2014

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Spot: Q21 Author Signing: Wilkins, Joe
Organization Name: Terrain Publishing
Saturday, March 1, 2014

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Willow Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor S169. Pacific Northwest Authors Speak About Their Landscape . (Kim Barnes,  Bharti Kirchner,  Joe Wilkins,  William Dietrich,  Claire Davis) How important is geography when pursuing literary work, be it poetry, fiction, or nonfiction? Accomplished Pacific Northwest authors who are known to derive inspiration from their scenic land will answer that question. This diverse group will read short selections to illustrate how the setting, combined with imagination, memory, and personal interpretation, plays a large role in their stories. To be followed by a moderated discussion detailing tips and techniques that can make the landscape come alive on your pages.


The Mountain and the Fathers – Author Signing at AWP



On Thursday, March 7, I’ll be at the Counterpoint Press table at the AWP Bookfair in the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA signing copies of my memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers. Stop by if you like!

Also, there’ll be lots of other wonderful Counterpoint titles at the table to peruse as well, including David McGlynn’s memoir A Door in the Ocean; BK Loren’s novel Theft and collection of essays Animal, Mineral, Radical; Susan Sherman’s novel The Little Russian; and Dana Johnson’s novel Elsewhere, California. Great books all!

AWP in Boston

I’ll be headed to the 2013 AWP Conference and Bookfair in Boston here in a few days for four days of book signings, readings, listening to panel presentations, catching up with friends, and wandering in and out of various pubs. If you’re in town, and you’re interested, here’s my event schedule:

Thursday, March 7, 2-3 pm, Bookfair, White Pine Press Table
Author Signing, Notes From the Journey Westward, Joe Wilkins

Thursday, March 7, 7 pm, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, 125 The Fenway
Wild Lives / Raucous Pens: Readings from Ecotone, Hawk & Handsaw, and
Hosted by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and located at the
Conservancy’s historic Shattuck Visitor’s Center on the Fenway, just a
15-minute walk from the Hynes Convention Center. Emceed by Kathryn
Miles and Simmons Buntin and featuring literary readings by David
Gessner, Sheryl St. Germain, Derek Sheffield, Cynthia Huntington, Joe
Wilkins, Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Hannah Kreitzer, and Bill Roorbach. Beer
and wine will be served in this cozy (you might say, intimate) cottage

Friday, March 8 3-4:15, Room 208, Level 2
F238. New Writing from Orion. (Jennifer Sahn, Pam Houston, Chris
Dombrowski, Joe Wilkins, Tania James) The Orion editors believe that
people are a part of nature and that the environment is everything
that is—which translates into a broad mandate for a literary magazine,
allowing Orion to publish the best writing at the intersection of
ecology and culture. Join us as four recent contributors read and
discuss their essays and short stories from Orion.

Saturday, March 9, 4:30-5:45 pm, Room 309, Level 3
S260. Counterpoint Press Reading. (Dan Smetanka, David McGlynn, Dana
Johnson, Susan Sherman, and Joe Wilkins) A reading by prose writers
who have had books published in 2012 by Counterpoint Press. Two
memoirists and two novelists read work spanning a range of landscapes,
time periods, and subjects. The editor who acquired the books
moderates and discusses what drew him to each title, while the authors
themselves read and reflect on their experience of working with one of
the nation’s largest and most respected independent literary