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Jeffrey Alfier

Author's Bio

Jeffrey Alfier holds an MA in Humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills. He is an Air Force veteran with 27 years of officer and enlisted service, and a member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). He has also worked as a functional analyst with Science Applications International Corporation, and once taught history as an adjunct faculty member with City College of Chicago’s European Division. His publication credits include Spoon River Poetry, Birmingham Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, The Cape Rock, Concho River Review, Emerson Review, Georgetown Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Kestrel, Limestone, Louisville Review, New Madrid, New York Quarterly, Pacific Review, Owen Wister Review, Permafrost, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry South (UK), Post Road, RE:AL, Red Cedar Review, Southwestern American Literature, Sugar House Review, Texas Review, War Literature and the Arts, Vallum (Canada), and Xavier Review. His chapbooks are Strangers Within the Gate (2005), Offloading the Wounded (2008), Before the Troubadour Exits (2010), Bluesman's Daughter (2011), The Torch Singer (2011), The Gathering Light at San Cataldo (2012), and The City Without Her (2012). His first full-length book of poems is The Wolf Yearling (Silver Birch Press, 2013) and his second book of poems, Idyll for a Vanishing River, is forthcoming from Glass Lyre Press.

Publications and Prizes

Southbound Express to Bay Head (Grayson Books, 2016), The Red Deer at Carrbridge (Kelsay Books, 2016), The Storm Petrel (Grayson Books, 2014), Idyll for a Vanishing River (Glass Lyre Press, 2013), The Wolf Yearling (Silver Birch Press, 2013), Bluesman's Daughter (Kindred Spirit Press, 2011), The Torch Singer (Kindred Spirit Press, 2011), Before the Troubadour Exits (Kindred Spirit Press, 2010), Offloading the Wounded (The Moon Publishing & Printing, 2007)
The City Without Her (Kindred Spirit Press, 2012), The Gathering Light at San Cataldo (Kindred Spirit Press, 2012), Strangers within The Gate (The Moon Publishing and Printing, 2005)
Alembic, Birmingham Poetry Review, Black Rock & Sage, Blue Collar Review, Blue Earth Review, Blueline, Borderlands, Boxcar Poetry Review, Brilliant Corners, Broad River Review, Broken Bridge Review, Caesura, Cairn, Cape Rock, Clare Literary Journal, Concho River Review, Connecticut Review, Connecticut River Review, Copper Nickel, Cottonwood Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crannóg, CutThroat, Dislocate, Echolocation, Eclipse, Eleven Eleven, Ellipsis, Emerson Review, Emrys Journal, Flint Hills Review, Fox Cry Review, Front Range Review, Georgetown Review, Gihon River Review, Heartland Review, Hobo Camp Review, Homestead Review, Illya's Honey, Inscape, Into the Teeth of the Wind, Iodine Poetry Journal, Iron Horse Literary Review, JAMA, James Dickey Review, Jelly Bucket, Kerf, Kestrel, Lake Effect, Limestone, Mangrove Review, Midwestern Gothic, Moonshot Magazine, Mosaic Art & Literary Journal, New Madrid, Noctua Review, Northridge Review, Other Poetry, Owen Wister Review, Pacific Review, Penumbra, Permafrost, Pinyon, Platte Valley Review, Poetry South, Post Road, Raleigh Review, RE:AL, Red River Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Reed Magazine, RHINO, River Oak Review, Rockhurst Review, Ruminate, Saint Ann's Review, Sakura Review, Sandy River Review, Santa Clara Review, Slant: A Journal of Poetry, Slipstream, South Carolina Review, Southwestern American Literature, Spectrum, Sport Literate, Sugar House Review, Suisun Valley Review, Texas Review, The Binnacle, The Fourth River, The Mayo Review, The New York Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, Three Coyotes, Tulane Review, Utah English Journal, War, Literature & the Arts, Watershed, Welter, Whiskey Island Magazine, Willow Review, Xavier Review
Five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a nominee for the UK’s Forward Prize for Poetry. In 2013 he was selected as a finalist for the Press 53 Poetry Contest.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Winter Stars by Larry Levis, Mind, Brain and Free Will by Richard Swinburne, What Work IS by Philip Levine, God and Stephen Hawking by John C. Lennox
Favorite Books:
The Real West Marginal Way by Richard Hugo, all of Cormac McCarthy's works, works by poets listed under 'Favorite Authors'
Favorite Authors:
Richard Hugo, Yusef Komunyakaa, Walt McDonald, Philip Levine, Larry D. Thomas, Anne Marie Macari, Kevin Young, Patricia Smith, James Welch, William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, Jim Harrison, Bruce Weigl, Wendell Berry, WD Ehrhart, James Wright, Franz Wright, Rodney Jones, Giuseppe Ungaretti, James Lee Burke, James Crumley.

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Listing last updated: November 12, 2016

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Italian American
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Born in:
Dearborn, MI
Raised in:
Hampton, VA

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