Justin Watkins

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Justin Watkins was born in the top right corner of Minnesota and now lives with his wife and two sons in the bottom right corner of the state. He walks trout streams, wades carp flats and paddles with family and friends. He graduated from St. Olaf College in 1998. His chapbook, Bottom Right Corner, won the 2014 Red Dragonfly Press Emergence Chapbook Competition.


“Justin Watkins’ poems always surprise, and I have long admired them. They are imperial messages, and contain the secrets that arrive from close observation and the knowledge gleaned from it. The reader will see the world in a new way and be wealthier for reading them.” —Larry Gavin, author of Necessities, Least Resistance, Stone and Sky, and The Initiation of Praise.

“As he looks at corpses of muskrats – ‘puts some thought on porcupines,’ – or pauses while dragging out a deer on snow, thinks about how ticks wait out their prey, Justin Watkins’ poems take us into the heart of the Midwest as lived through its language.” —Jim Johnson is the former Poet Laureate of Duluth. His latest book, Text For Our Nomadic Future, came out in August 2018.