Bio

Joshua Marie Wilkinson (b. 1977, Seattle)

Joshua Marie Wilkinson in Portland, OR 2011 (Photo by Zachary Schomburg)
Meadow Slasher Cover
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Solan Jensen in Portland, OR 2011 (Photo by Zachary Schomburg)
The Easements (Artifact Press 2017)
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Dot Devota & Brandon Shimoda in Marfa, TX 2015 (Photo by Lisa Wells)
Joshua Marie Wilkinson & Lisa Wells in Tiong Bahru, Singapore 2015
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Farid Matuk in Los Angeles 2015
Exeter Street House, Tucson
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Mathias Svalina in Lincoln, NE  2006 (Photo by Julie Doxsee)
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Lisa Wells in Teoman Island, Malaysia 201
JMW with Brandon Shimoda in Berlin 2013
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with LRW in Joshua Tree National Park 2015
JMW with Zachary Schomburg, Dot Devota, & Brandon Shimoda in Tucson 2013 (Photo by JL-P)
Berlin 2013 with Brandon Shimoda
Joshua Marie Wilkinson in Paris in 2013 with Dot Devota (Photo by Zachary Schomburg)
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Mathias Svalina in Omaha, NE 2015
with Jane Lewty, John Beer, & Zachary Schomburg in Boston 2014 (Photo by Janaka Stucky)
JMW with Nephew in Bend, OR 2015
Haller Lake, Seattle
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with LRW in Gila Bend, AZ 2015
Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Cathy Wagner, Washington D.C., 2017
Joshua Marie Wilkinson & Zach Zulauf in Seattle, 2017
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Amy Lawless in New York for the NBA, 2014
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with John Beer, Mathias Svalina, & Drew Swenhaugen in Minneapolis 2015 (Photo by Lisa Wells)
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Dana Ward in Cincinnati 2007 (Photo by Joyelle McSweeney)
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Fred Moten in New York at the NBA 2014 (Photo by Amy Lawless)
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Ben Swank, Paige Taggart, Kendra Decolo, Zachary Schomburg, Chet Weise, & Janaka Stucky in Newport, RI 2014 (Photo by Giles Clement)
JMW in Mulhouse, France 2013 (Photo by Zachary Schomburg)
JMW with Mathias Svalina in Brooklyn (Photo by Katy Henriksen)
JMW with Tina Brown Celona & Matthew Zapruder on the Poetry Bus 2006
JMW & Noah Eli Gordon in Atlanta 2007
JMW with Solan Jensen in Boise 2010
JMW with Cathy Wagner & Richard Meier in Chicago 2008
Alvernon Donut, Tucson 2013
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Hoa Nguyen in Minneapolis 2015
in Brooklyn 2014 (Photo by Amy Lawless)
Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Abraham Smith in Tucson 2016
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Farid Matuk in Los Angeles 2015
Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Dot Devota in Marfa, TX 2015 (Photo by Lisa Wells)
JMW in Seattle with Joshua Beckman, 2005
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Dot Devota and Caren Beilin in Tucson 2014 (Photo by Sam Ace)
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with nephew in Bend, OR 2015
JMW with Solan Jensen & Abraham Smith in Louisiana 2010
in Palm Springs in 2003 (Photo by Alison Maletz)
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Mathias Svalina, Julie Carr, Khadijah Queen, Sommer Browning, Eric Baus, Noah Eli Gordon, & J. Michael Martinez in Boulder, CO 2015
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Susan Briante, Sommer Browning, & Farid Matuk in Tucson 2015
Joshua Marie Wilkinson with Farid Matuk in Arizona 2015

  Some photographs of me with my family & my friends: Farid Matuk, Lisa Wells, Mathias Svalina, Solan Jensen, Dot Devota, Zachary Schomburg, Brandon Shimoda, Amy Lawless, Drew Swenhaugen, Hoa Nguyen, Fred Moten, Sommer Browning, John Beer, Susan Briante, & many others.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is a poet, filmmaker, and professor at the University of Arizona, where he edits a journal called The Volta, and runs a small press called Letter Machine Editions. He lives in Tucson and Seattle with the writer Lisa Wells. A new book called Meadow Slasher is now available from Black Ocean. You can reach him at joshuamarie at gmail dot com

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Joshua Marie Wilkinson's works include two book-length poems, Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk (University of Iowa Press 2006, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize) and Suspension of a Secret in Abandoned Rooms (Pinball 2005), as well as The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth (Tupelo Press 2009) and Figures for a Darkroom Voice, with Noah Eli Gordon & Noah Saterstrom (Tarpaulin Sky Press 2007). Since 2006, he's been at work on a five-book sequence of poetry called the No Volta pentalogy, which includes Selenography, with Polaroids by Tim Rutili (Sidebrow Books 2010); Swamp Isthmus (Black Ocean 2013); The Courier's Archive & Hymnal (Sidebrow Books 2014); Meadow Slasher; and Shimoda's Tavern (Black Ocean 2017 & 2018).

His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, A Public Space, Boston Review, Chicago Sun-Times, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, Harvard Review, New American Writing, Verse, and were selected by C.D. Wright for Pen America. His essays have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Green Mountains Review, the Poetry Society of America, The Volta, and many others. His films have appeared on Poets & Writers and TriQuarterly. More work can be found online at the Academy of American Poets, among others. His work appears in the expanded Postmodern American Poetry anthology (W.W. Norton 2013) and in many more anthologies. He has given invited readings at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Poetry Project in New York, the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, the Newport Folk Festival for Third Man Books, and at visiting writers series in Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, and beyond.

His edited volumes include five print anthologies: 12x12: Conversations in 21st Century Poetry & Poetics (with Christina Mengert, University of Iowa Press 2009); Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook, featuring 99 essays on the art of teaching poetry (University of Iowa Press 2010); The Force of What's Possible: Writers on Accessibility & the Avant-Garde (with Lily Hoang, Nightboat Books 2015); The Volta Book of Poets (Sidebrow Books 2015); and the first collection of essays on Anne Carson's work called Anne Carson: Ecstatic Lyre (University of Michigan Press 2015).

Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Lisa Wells run a small press called Letter Machine Editions, which publishes books by Fred Moten, Alice Notley, Brandon Shimoda, Farid Matuk, and many others. Letter Machine titles have won the California Book Award and the William Carlos Williams Award, and been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among others. With Sasha Hawkins, Wilkinson edits a poetics journal called The Volta, recently awarded the Pushcart Prize. The Volta has been featured on the Poetry Society of America's site, Tin House, Poets & Writers, and in the Best American Poetry anthology edited by Sherman Alexie.

Wilkinson earned an A.A. from North Seattle Community College, a B.A. in Education from Western Washington University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of Arizona, an M.A. in Film Studies from University College Dublin, and a Ph.D. in English from University of Denver. Currently, he is Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona, where he was the recipient of the College of Humanities Distinguished Teaching Award. He teaches creative writing, literature, and film to undergraduates and in the M.F.A. program in creative writing.


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