Joe Robert Wilkins
Award-winning author Joe Wilkins lost his father at a young age and was raised by his mother and grandfather in the harsh landscape of the Bull Mountains of eastern Montana. Wilkins, who teaches writing at Waldorf College in Iowa, visits Auntie’s to present his memoir, The Mountains and the Fathers: Growing Up on the Big Dry.
The Mountain and The Fathers explores the life of boys and men in the unforgiving, harsh world north of the Bull Mountains of eastern Montana in a drought afflicted area called the Big Dry, a land that chews up old and young alike. Joe Wilkins was born into this world, raised by a young mother and elderly grandfather following the untimely death of his father.