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New Linfield professor to read from memoir

English Professor Joe WilkinsJoe Wilkins, Linfield College’s new associate professor of English, will read from his award-winning memoir, “The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry,” Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library at Linfield.

“The Mountain and the Fathers,” published by Counterpoint Press, depicts life in the eastern Montana badlands, a wasteland that forms the people who live there and tends to not let them go. Wilkins’ memoir was named a Montana Book Award Honor Book in 2012, as well as an Orion magazine Book Award finalist in 2013.

Wilkins, who teaches creative writing at Linfield, is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry and has had stories, poems and essays appear in numerous magazines and literary journals, on top of writing his memoir.

Wilkins, born and raised in eastern Montana, now lives in McMinnville with his wife and two children. He holds a master’s in creative writing from the University of Idaho, and a bachelor’s in engineering from Gonzaga University.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield Libraries, 503-883-2517.