Writers Series to Host Novelist Joe Wilkins Feb. 6
St. Lawrence University’s annual Writers Series will continue its 2019-20 season with novelist, memoirist, and poet Joe Wilkins on Thursday, Feb. 6, in Sykes Common Room. The event is free and open to the public.
Wilkins was born and raised north of the Bull Mountains, out on the Big Dry of eastern Montana. His debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, speaks to the community, struggle, violence, and care Wilkins knew growing up in the rural West, as does his memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, which won a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award.
Wilkins is also the author of three poetry collections, most recently When We Were Birds, winner of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. His work has appeared in The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Orion, TriQuarterly, Ecotone, The Sun, and High Country News. Of Wilkins’s work, 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 is the Viebranz Professor of Creative Writing at St. Lawrence University for 2019-20 academic year.
The Writer Series is sponsored by St. Lawrence University’s Department of English and directed by Professor Natalia Singer. For more information, please contact the English department at 315-229-5125.