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Jeff Walt

Author's Bio

Jeff Walt was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania among a community of railroad workers, brick layers, and stripminers. He's been employed as a "cowboy" at Walt Disney World; a gallery attendant; customer service trainer; a cook; masseur; barista; and as an adjunct English composition instructor at Honolulu Community College. He graduated from Goddard College in Vermont with his MFA in Writing and Literature. Jeff is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. A passionate Aquarian and cinephile, he pops for decoupage, collage, salvaging, macrobiotic food, mixology, home exchange, and Mid-Century modern architecture.

Publications and Prizes

Soot (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010)
All We Can Hold: A Collection of Poetry on Motherhood (Sage Hill Press, 2016), San Diego Poetry Annual (William Harry Harding--Garden Oak Press, 2016), Steve Kowit: This Unspeakably Marvelous Life (Serving House Books, 2016), San Diego Poetry Annual (William Harry Harding--Garden Oak Press, 2015), Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards (Lethe Press, 2014), Between: New Gay Poetry (Chelsea Station Editions, 2013), Off the Rocks (New Town Writers, 2013), TURNING THE PAGE: Poems of Trauma, Healing, and Transcendence (Fearless Books, 2013), Touching: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire (Fearless Books, 2011), Gay City: Vol. 3 - RePulped (Gay City Anthologies, 2010), One for the Road (Split Oak Press, 2010), Poetic Voices Without Borders 2 (Gival Press, 2009), The Light in Ordinary Things (Fearless Books, 2009), The Mysterious Life of the Heart: Stories from The Sun about Passion, Longing, and Love (The Sun Magazine, 2009), For Better or Worse (PoetWorks Press, 2005), Poetic Voices Without Borders (Gival Press, 2005), Hello, Goodbye (July Literary Press, 2004), Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge: Poems About Marriage (Grayson Books, 2003), The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales (Story Line Press, 2003), Touched by Eros (Live Poets Society, 2002), Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure (New World Library, 2001), Mourning Our Mothers: Poems About Loss (Andrew Mountain Press, 1998), Passionate Lives (Queen of Swords Press, 1998), Hard Love: Writings on Violence & Intimacy (Queen of Swords Press, 1997), Gents, Bad Boys, & Barbarians: New Gay Male Poetry (Alyson Publications, 1995), Writing Our Way Out of the Dark: An Anthology by Child Abuse Survivors (Queen of Swords Press, 1995)
, Alehouse Review, Alligator Juniper, Americas Review, Arlington Literary Journal, Assaracus, Bamboo Ridge, Bay Windows, Cactus Heart, Chaminade Literary Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Coastal Forest Review, Comstock Review, Connecticut Review, Dogwood, Fugue, Gay and Lesbian Review, Harpur Palate, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Hawai'i Review, Inkwell, Lifeboat: A Journal of Memoir, Los Angeles Review, Lummox Journal, Mangrove Review, New Millennium Writings, New York Native, Oberon, Poetry International, Prose Ax, Provincetown Arts, Pulse, Quill & Ink, Radiant Turnstile, Reed Magazine, RFD, Runes: A Review of Poetry, Sahara, Samsara Quarterly, Serving House Journal, Silk Road, Slipstream, T(OUR) Magazine, The Cream City Review, The Good Men Project, The Ledge, The Sun, Whiskey Island, Wild Plum
Single poem selected as Finalist in the 2015 Poetry International Poetry Contest. Poem selected as Finalist in the 2015 Joy Harjo Poetry Contest sponsored by Cutthroat...A Journal of the Arts. Poem selected for a professionally designed broadside by Broadsided Press (available for vectorizing in Aug., 2016). Awarded Artist-in-Residence by Djerassi's Winter Writing Residency Alumni Program for Dec., 2015. Two poems selected as Honorable Mentions in the 2015 Littoral Broadside Contest. Runner Up in Fugue's 2015 Poetry Contest and published in their fall anniversary issue (Kevin Prufer, judge). Honorable Mention in the 2015 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award competition. First Place in the 2014 Red Hen Poetry Contest judged by William Trowbridge (poem published in Los Angeles Review, 2015); Finalist in the 2004, 2009 & 2014 Paumanok Poetry Contest sponsored by the Visiting Writers Program at Farmingdale State University; Finalist in the 13th Annual Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award, 2014. Song cycle based on poems selected & scored from Soot (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010) by NYC composer David Sisco performed at Carnegie Hall on 11/14/14; Honorable Mention in Winning Writer's 2013 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for "Bus Ride"; Semi-finalist in Grayson Books 2013 competiton selected by Martha Silano; Semi-finalist in the River Styx 2013 International Poetry Competition; awarded a full scholarship to attend The Sun Magazine's 2012 retreat at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA; 2009 Keystone Chapbook Prize ("Soot" currently in its 3rd printing [published 2010]); Finalist in Alligator Juniper’s 2009 National Writing Contest and published in the 2010 issue; Artisit-in-Residence fellowship for the month of Oct., 2009 & April, 2017 by Kalani Eco-village on the Big Island of Hawaii; one of three Honorable Mentions in the 2009 Littoral Press Broadside Contest (selected by Gary Young); Davoren Hanna International Poetry Competition (selected by Billy Collins & Carol Anne Duffy [3rd Place, 2002]); Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry & Prose 2004 Poetry Competition (Finalist [chosen by A.E. Stallings]); Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Competition (2nd Place, 2004); Whiskey Island’s 2004 Poetry Competition (1st Place); Oscar Wilde Award (2002 & 2004, Gival Press); New Millennium Poetry Prize XIII (1st Place, 2002); one of fifty semi-finalists in the 2006 “Discovery”/The Nation contest; 'Editor's Choice Award' in the anthology, "Re-pulped" (Gay City, 2010).

Jeff Walt Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Miss Desert Inn by Ron Salisbury, How to Dance as the Cave Falls In by Nick Lantz, Blue Collar Eulogies by Michael Meyerhofer, Dark Sky Question by Larissa Szporluk, Wild Nights by Kim Addonizio
Favorite Books:
"Structure & Surprise" by Michael Theune; "Radical Acceptance" by Tara Brach; "Spiritual Economics" by Eric Butterworth; "In the Palm of Your Hand" by Steven Kowit.
Favorite Authors:
Bill Knott, Stephen Cramer, Elizabeth Bradfield, Dobby Gibson, Morri Creech, Arthur Vogelsang, William Trowbridge, Julie Kane, George Bilgere, Alison Luterman,Thom Gunn, CA Conrad, Keith Althaus, Joshua Robbins, Amiri Baraka, Terrence Hayes, Christopher Bursk, Kevin Goodan, Stan Rice, Paul Eluard, Henri Cole, Nicole Hardy, Judith Skillman, Jennifer Perrine, Tristan Tzara, Erika Meitner, Linda McCarriston, Beth Ann Fennelly, Steven Cordova, Patrick Donnely, Dean Young, Peter Pereira, Martha Silano, Steve Orlen, Kim Addonizion, Karen J. Weyant, Jeannine Hall-Gailey, Neil De La Flor, Dorianne Laux, Walt McDonald, Lana Hechtman Ayers, Ruth L. Schwartz, Spencer Reece, Sam Sax, Dana Goia, Ron Mohring, Joseph Millar, Jane Hirschfield, Reb Livingston, Michael Boccardo, Jan Clausen, Erin Belieu, Susan Browne, Steve Orlen, Ethridge Knight, Ellen Bass, Julie Kane, Maureen Seaton, Major Jackson, Harry Griswold, Hayden Carruth, Sue Standng, Jeremy Halinen, Dean Young, Steve Kowit, Mark Cox, David Groff, Jendi Reiter...

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Listing last updated: January 23, 2016

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