Jeff Walt

San Diego, CA

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. He is a Regional Editor for the San Diego Poetry Annual.

Publications and Prizes

A Year in INK, Vol. 11
(San Diego Writers, Ink, 2018)
, All We Can Hold: A Collection of Poetry on Motherhood
(Sage Hill Press, 2016)
, Beer, Wine, and Spirits Anthology
(Concrete Wolf, 2018)
, Between: New Gay Poetry
(Chelsea Station Editions, 2013)
, For Better or Worse
(PoetWorks Press, 2005)
, Gay City: Vol. 3 - RePulped
(Gay City Anthologies, 2010)
, Gents, Bad Boys, & Barbarians: New Gay Male Poetry
(Alyson Publications, 1995)
, Hard Love: Writings on Violence & Intimacy
(Queen of Swords Press, 1997)
, Hello, Goodbye
(July Literary Press, 2004)
, Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards
(Lethe Press, 2014)
, Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure
(New World Library, 2001)
, Mourning Our Mothers: Poems About Loss
(Andrew Mountain Press, 1998)
, Off the Rocks
(New Town Writers, 2013)
, One for the Road
(Split Oak Press, 2010)
, Passionate Lives
(Queen of Swords Press, 1998)
, Poetic Voices Without Borders
(Gival Press, 2005)
, Poetic Voices Without Borders 2
(Gival Press, 2009)
, Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge: Poems About Marriage
(Grayson Books, 2003)
, San Diego Poetry Annual
(William Harry Harding--Garden Oak Press, 2015)
, San Diego Poetry Annual
(William Harry Harding--Garden Oak Press, 2016)
, Steve Kowit: This Unspeakably Marvelous Life
(Serving House Books, 2016)
, 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)
, The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales
(Story Line Press, 2003)
, Touched by Eros
(Live Poets Society, 2002)
, Touching: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire
(Fearless Books, 2011)
, TURNING THE PAGE: Poems of Trauma, Healing, and Transcendence
(Fearless Books, 2013)
, Writing Our Way Out of the Dark: An Anthology by Child Abuse Survivors
(Queen of Swords Press, 1995)
, , Alehouse, Alligator Juniper, Americas Review, Arlington Literary Journal, Assaracus, Bamboo Ridge, Bay Windows, Cactus Heart, Chaminade Literary Review, Chelsea Station, Clackamas Literary Review, Coastal Forest Review, Comstock Review, Connecticut Review, Connecticut River 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, Mangrove Review, New Millennium Writings, New York Native, Oberon, Poetry International, Prose Ax, Provincetown Arts, Pulse, Quill & Ink, Radiant Turnstile, Red Wheelbarrow, Reed Magazine, RFD, Runes: A Review of Poetry, Sahara, Samsara Quarterly, Serving House Journal, Silk Road, Slipstream, Southword, T(OUR) Magazine, Cream City Review, Good Men Project, The Ledge, The Sun, Whiskey Island, Wild Plum
(Seven Kitchens Press, 2010)
Prizes Won: 
Chapbook, Leave Smoke, chosen as a Finalist in the 2018 Robin Becker Chapbook Contest sponsored by Seven Kitchens Press. Single poem chosen as First Place in the 2018 Frank O'Hara Poetry Prize compettion sponsored by Worcester County Poetry Association and published in The Worcester Review. Manuscript, H E X, chosen as Semi-Finalist in the 2017 Washington Prize Word Works Prize competition.  Single poem selected as 2nd Place in The Frank O’Hara Prize sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Associate and published in The Worcester Review, 2017.  Awarded Artist-in-Residence by the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts as part of their 2017 residency season.  Chapbook, Leave Smoke, selected as an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook contest.  Finalist for a single poem in the 2017 Lascaux Review Poetry Contest with publication; Single poem selected as one of ten shortlisted poems in the 2017 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize competition out of 2,200 total submissions and published in Southword. Honorable Mention in the 2016 inaugural Steve Kowit Poetry Contest. Honorable Mention in the 42nd 2016 New Millennium Award for Poetry competition. Third Place in the 2016 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest. Awarded Artist-in-Residence by the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts as part of their 2018 residency season. Tenth Place in the 2016 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest selected from 865 total poems. Awarded Artist-in-Residence by Djerassi's Winter Writing Residency Alumni Program for Dec., 2016. Chapbook manuscript, Leave Smoke, awarded 5th Place in the Sow’s Ear 2016 Chapbook contest. Single poem selected as Honorable Mention in the 14th Annual Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award. Manuscript, HEX, chosen as Finalist in the 2016 Marsh Hawk Poetry Book Competition judged by Mark Doty; Single poem selected by D.A. Powell for the First Place prize in the Hugo House 2016 Hugo Literary Series New Works Contest on a theme. Manuscript, HEX, selected as Finalist in the 2015 Brittingham/Pollak Book Prizes with twenty-six other poets from 900 total entries. 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 & 2016 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).

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
glass harvest by amie whittemore
Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon
No Confession, No Mass by Jennifer Perrine
Tasty Other by Katie Manning
Field Guide to the End of the World by Jeannine Hall Gailey
Favorite Authors: 
Morri Creech, George Bilgere, Sue Standing, Stan Rice, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Kim Addonizio, Dorianne Laux, Michael Boccardo, Jan Beatty, A.E. Stallings, Jan Clausen, Lou Lipsitz, Jude Nutter, Mark Cox, Timothy Liu, Jim Moore, Spencer Reese, Allison Luterman, Ron Koertge, Luke Johnson, Ted Kooser, Steve Kowit, Linda McCarriston, Kevin Prufer, David Groff, Ellen Bass, Jericho Brown, Dane Cervine, Joseph Millar, Linda Gregg, Dana Goia, Ross Gay, Rick Lupert, Brendan Constantine, Susan Brown, Bryan Borland, Mark Doty, Robert Bly, Jo McDougall, Harry Griswold, Trish Duggar, Penny Perry, Nora Mitchell, Mai-Lon Gittelsohn, Joseph R. Trombatore, Sam Sax, Ron Padgett, Jennifer Perrine, Stephen Dobyns, Frank O'Hara, David Hernandez, Terry Spohn, Terrance Hayes, Stephen Cramer, Elizabeth Bradfield, Steven Cordova, Major Jackson, Dean Young, Patrick Ryan Frank, Tony Hoagland, Denise Duhamel, Ruth L. Schwartz, Ron Salisbury, Michael Ryan, Kevin Goodan, Ada Limon, Ocean Vuong, Malachi Black, Dennis Rhodes, Amie Whittemore, Bob Hickock, Thom Gunn, Hayden Carruth, Bill Knot, Ron Mohring, David Trinidad, David Tucker, Doby Gibson, Peter Perrira, Spoon Jackson, Philip Levine, Jane Kenyon, Maureen Seaton, Neil De La Flor, Barbara Hamby, Bruce Weigl, Alan Shapiro, Amy Beeder, Walt McDonald, Nick Lantz, Mark Wagenaar, Sarah Freligh, Mai Der Vang.

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Clearfield, PA
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Last updated: Aug 14, 2018