Joe Wilkins grew up in eastern Montana, where he spent his summers working on a wheat and cattle ranch in the Bull Mountains. He is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, winner of a GLCA New Writers Award and a finalist for the Orion Book Award, and three collections of poetry, including, When We Were Birds, winner of the Oregon Book Award in Poetry. His debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, praised as “remarkable and unforgettable” in a starred review at Booklist, is now available from Little, Brown. This academic year, he and his family are living deep in the North Country, where he is serving as the Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at St. Lawrence University.
To honor the passing of legendary singer John Prine, we are sharing this previously print-only essay “Where Paradise Lay” by Joe Wilkins (Coda, September/October 2014). Bright, high-running clouds, the dry Continue reading
(Editor’s Note: This is a follow-up to Joe Wilkins’s feature article “On Edges” in the Summer 2019 issue.) I hold so many books close. My tattered copy of James Wright’s collected Continue reading
During a summer spent deep in the backcountry, one family learns the value of getting lost and the danger of staying found. Continue reading
(This essay was a finalist for a 2010 National Magazine Award in the Essay category.) OUT ON THE BIG DRY we had to kill to live: Come October, we’d herd a Continue reading
OVER THE YEARS, we have left many things at my father’s grave: flowers, agates, and fossils found out on the prairie, an old pair of boots he loved. But not everything Continue reading