Joe Wilkins

Oregon, United States

Member Since: 04/10/2011

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry, winner of the 2014 GLCA New Writers Award and a finalist for the 2013 Orion Book Award, and two collections of poems, Notes from the Journey Westward, winner of the 17th Annual White Pine Press Poetry Prize and a 2013 finalist for the Society of Midlands Authors Award for best poetry book of the year, and Killing the Murnion Dogs, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award. A National Magazine Award finalist and PEN Center USA Award finalist, his poems, essays, and stories have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Ecotone, The Sun, Orion, and Slate, among other magazines and literary journals. Of Wilkins' work, Deborah Kim, editor at the Indiana Review, writes, “The most striking component of it is its awareness of ‘the whole world.’ What is ordinary becomes transcendent. In places derelict and seemingly unexceptional, Wilkins compels us to recognize what is worth salvage, worth praise.” Wilkins debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in early 2019.

Though born and raised on the high plains of eastern Montana, Wilkins now lives with his wife, son, and daughter in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College. 



  • The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry , Counterpoint Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Notes from the Journey Westward , White Pine Press (October 1, 2012)
  • Killing the Murnion Dogs , Black Lawrence Press (October 15, 2011)


  • Finalist for the National Magazine Award in the Essay Category(2010)
  • Pen Center USA in Journalism Finalist(2010)
  • Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency(2013)
  • Orion Book Award Finalist(2013)
  • GLCA New Writers Award in Nonfiction(2014)


  • Director of Creative Writing at Waldorf College (August 2007 - April 2013)
  • Associate Professor of English at Linfield College (July 2013 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from University of Idaho (May 2007)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry