Wise, Joe 1939-

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WISE, Joe 1939-

PERSONAL: Born July 11, 1939, in Fort Worth, TX. Ethnicity: "White." Education: Texas Christian University, B.S., 1961; University of Texas— Southwestern Medical School, M.D., 1964. Hobbies and other interests: Travel, gardening, fly fishing, photography.

ADDRESSES: Home—29 Calle Pagosa, Santa Fe, NM 87501. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Cardiologist in Maine and New Mexico. Military service: U.S. Air Force, 1965-67; became captain.

MEMBER: International PEN, Western Writers of America, Southwest Writers Workshop.

AWARDS, HONORS: Award for best historical novel, Southwest Writers Workshop, 1995; award for fiction, Colorado Independent Publishers Association, 2000.


Cannibal Plateau (novel), Sunstone Press (Santa Fe, NM), 1997.

In the Moro (novel), Western Reflections (Ouray, CO), 1999.

A Primer on Heart Disease, Western Reflections (Montrose, CA), 2000.

The Fish (novel), Western Reflections (Ouray, CO), 2002.

A Sense of Place: A Century in the San Juans, Western Reflections (Montrose, CO), 2003.

If You Go, Western Reflections (Montrose, CO), 2003.

Contributor to magazines and newspapers, including Journal of the West and New York Times.

SIDELIGHTS: Joe Wise once told CA: "I have a lifelong love of words and the Rocky Mountain Southwest. My desire to write 'history-based' fiction was unsatisfied for years, due to the demands of medical practice. My work was first published in 1993, in Journal of the West, after ten years of research on John Fremont's fourth expedition. My first real break came with the publication of a travel article in the New York Times. The best advice I ever got about writing was from Tony Hillerman: 'Just write the first chapter. You're going to rewrite it five times anyway.' He helped me finally get started on the novel I had been thinking about for years."