Joe Wilkins

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 past academic year, he and his family lived deep in the North Country, where he served as the Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at St. Lawrence University.

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Where Paradise Lay

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


Out West

(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