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Joe Wilkins

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Joe Wilkins
Professor of English and Environmental Studies /Director of Creative Writing

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Professor Wilkins believes in the power of writing to help us understand and shape experience and, thereby, to better know and care for one another and our shared world. Wilkins directs the creative writing program at Linfield University and teaches courses in creative writing, American literature, environmental studies, and inquiry seminar. While he just plain loves teaching, some of his favorite courses include ENGL 421: Advanced Topics in Creative Writing, ENGL/BIOL 289: Northwest Ecology and Environmental Writing, and ENGL 250: Darkness on the Edge of Town: Rural America in Contemporary Literature.

Professor Wilkins writes across the genres and is the author of a novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, praised as “remarkable and unforgettable” in a starred review at Booklist and short-listed for the First Novel Award from the Center For Fiction and the Pacific Northwest Book Award. He is also the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, and four collections of poetry, including When We Were Birds, winner of the Oregon Book Award, and, most recently, Thieve. His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Polish, and his stories, essays, and poems have been widely anthologized.

Professor Wilkins lives a short bike ride north of campus with his wife, Liz, his son, Walter, and his daughter, Edie. Together, they enjoy exploring the coast, rivers, and mountains of Oregon.


  • M.F.A in Creative Writing, The University of Idaho, 2007
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering, Honors, Gonzaga University, 2002