Tim Whitsel, who lives near Springfield, Oregon, is a man of many interests – passionate about western rivers, gardening, jazz, bicycling, wine, and words. For six years he directed Windfall, a monthly reading series at the Eugene Public Library. He won first prize at the 2013 Northwest Poets’ Concord. In 2014, he was honored with an artist’s residency at PLAYA. Tim’s first collection, We Say Ourselves, was published in 2012. Tim has worked as a landscaper, commercial clam-digger, microfilm technician, furniture and appliance salesman, ESL teacher, repo-man, bill collector, equity trader, and stay-at-home dad.
Wish Meal, published last year by Arlie Press, charts one man’s evolution from El Dorado pilgrim and prodigal son to a stay-at-home father, moving from his Indiana boyhood to the family he makes in the Pacific Northwest. He journeys between the burden of an heirloom faith and the transcendence of Oregon rivers and skies. The WISH of belonging becomes Whitsel’s grist, his MEAL, subject to blemish and ferment.
Tim has chosen for his theme: “Nobody ever likes my poems the first time through.”
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