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Jeff Fearnside

Author's Bio

I’m an award-winning author and educator whose work in three genres—fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction—focuses strongly on place, culture, and the natural environment. I have an especially deep interest in Central Asia, where I lived and worked for four years, and I’ve traveled widely across Asia and twice bicycled throughout Great Britain. I earned degrees in creative writing from Bowling Green State University (BFA) and Eastern Washington University (MFA). I’ve taught writing and literature for nearly two decades and conducted numerous workshops, both in the U.S. and abroad. I currently live with my wife (an ethnic Russian Kazakhstani) and two cats in Corvallis, Oregon, where I teach at Oregon State University and am at work on a novel. I’m available for workshops, readings, and related areas. Please contact me through my website listed above.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2016)
Chapbooks:
Lake, and Other Poems of Love in a Foreign Land (Standing Rock Cultural Arts, 2011)
Anthologies:
Forest Under Story: A Decade of Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest (University of Washington Press, 2016), Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Press 53, 2014), The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2012), A Life Inspired: Tales of Peace Corps Service (Peace Corps, 2006), Scent of Cedars: Promising Writers of the Pacific Northwest (Russell Dean & Company, 2002)
Journals:
Aethlon, Arroyo Literary Review, Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts & Letters, Bayou, Blue Earth Review, Cantaraville, Clackamas Literary Review, Controlled Burn, Crab Orchard Review, Elohi Gadugi Journal, Etude, Eureka Literary Magazine, Fjords Review, Fourteen Hills, Homestead Review, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment , Isotope, Kudzu House Quarterly, Lake Effect, Little Patuxent Review, Many Mountains Moving, New Madrid, Pacific Review, Permafrost, Potomac Review, protestpoems.org, Qarrtsiluni, Rock & Sling, Rosebud, SFWP: The Journal, Soundings East, Story, The Fourth River, The Los Angeles Review, The Pinch
Prizes:
Oregon Arts Commission 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship; Full Scholarship, The Sun 2013 Writing Retreat, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA (2013); Spring 2013 Andrews Forest Writers Residency, Oregon State University Andrews Experimental Forest; Peace Corps Writers 2012 Poetry Award; 1st Place, Standing Rock Cultural Arts 2010 Open Poetry Chapbook Competition; 1st Place, 2009 Mary Mackey Short Story Prize (sponsored/judged by Mary Mackey), National League of American Pen Women, Nob Hill, San Francisco Bay Area Branch; Dorothy Norton Clay Fellowship, The Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mount St. Francis, IN (2007); Bernheim Writer-in-Residence, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY (2006); Grand Prize, Santa Fe Writers Project 2005 Literary Awards Program (judged by Ayun Halliday); 1st Place, Many Mountains Moving 2005 Flash Fiction Contest (judged by Thaddeus Rutkowski)

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
Dubliners, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes, The Essential Rumi, Hunger, Leaves of Grass, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, Sonnets to the Portuguese, Walden, Zorba the Greek
Favorite Authors:
Ray Bradbury, Kate Chopin, William Goyen, Naguib Mahfouz, Gabriel García Márquez, Pablo Neruda, Flannery O’Connor, Cynthia Ozick, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: January 25, 2016

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English

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