Joshua Marie Wilkinson (b. 1977, Seattle)
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.
Born and raised in Seattle, Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of eight books of poetry, the editor of five anthologies, and the director of a documentary film about Califone. He lives in Tucson, where he teaches at the University of Arizona, edits a journal called The Volta, and runs a small press called Letter Machine Editions. He is married to the poet and essayist Lisa Wells and can be reached at joshuamarie at gmail dot com. A new book called Meadow Slasher is now available from Black Ocean. And a limited-edition, letterpressed chapbook called The Easements is just out from Artifact Press.
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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