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Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, and three collections of poems, including When We Were Birds, winner of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. Winner of a High Plains Book Award, a GLCA New Writers Award, and a Pushcart Prize, Wilkins has published essays, poems, and stories in The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Ecotone, The Sun, Orion, and Slate. Of his 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’s debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in early 2019. Though born and raised on the Big Dry of eastern Montana, he lives now with his family in western Oregon, where he directs the creative writing program at Linfield College.