Forest City, Iowa – Waldorf College creative writing professor Joe Wilkins will be reading and signing copies of his new prose collection, The Mountain and The Fathers, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the Salveson Ballroom.
The book is a collection of prose pieces that Wilkins, director of creative writing and assistant professor of English at Waldorf, wrote over the course of four years. In his book, Wilkins explores his childhood memories on the high plains of Montana.
“The book is about my childhood. It investigates my memories of the rural places in the west,” said Wilkins. His first book, Killing the Murnion Dogs, was published in the fall of last year. The Mountain and The Fathers will take a deeper look at the same subjects in many ways. “My childhood had drama, sadness and loss. I want to tell stories that were vital to me.”
Wilkins is confident that when people read his book, they will want to explore their own memories of places, situations and the people who influenced them over the period of time. “Some books just pull the world in focus for me,” said Wilkins. “I hope to create that for my readers too.”
Wilkins also made some discoveries through classroom discussions with his students that helped him write the book. He said that he had forgotten how vulnerable writers could be. “Putting something out there makes it real for me,” he said. “This process helped me understand the enormity of what my students are doing.”
After the reading Tuesday evening, Wilkins will be available to sign copies of The Father and the Mountains. The event is free and open to the public
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