Jeff Fearnside

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Corvallis, OR

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. My short-story collection Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) has been called “rich in so many ways: in its deep explorations of diverse lives and experiences; in its immersion in place, which often becomes a character itself…” (Small Press Picks). Another reviewer notes, “Jeff Fearnside is a very talented writer who explores deep vicissitudes of human relationships and our connection to nature” (Peace Corps Writers). I’ve taught writing and literature for nearly two decades and conducted numerous workshops, both in the U.S. and abroad. I currently live in Corvallis, Oregon, where I teach at Oregon State University and am at work on various writing projects. I’m available for workshops, readings, and related areas. Please contact me through my website listed above.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Anthologies:
CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, 2018)
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The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2012)
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A Life Inspired: Tales of Peace Corps Service (Peace Corps, 2006)
Journals:
Etude
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ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
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Ontologica
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Potomac Review
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Fiction

Anthologies:
Out of Many: Multiplicity and Divisions in America Today (Cat in the Sun Press, 2018)
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Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Press 53, 2014)
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Scent of Cedars: Promising Writers of the Pacific Northwest (Russell Dean & Company, 2002)
Book:
Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2016)
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Aethlon
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Cantaraville
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Controlled Burn
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Crab Orchard Review
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Eureka Literary Magazine
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Homestead Review
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Isotope
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Many Mountains Moving
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Potomac Review
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SFWP: The Journal
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Valparaiso Fiction Review

Poetry

Anthology:
Forest Under Story: A Decade of Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest (University of Washington Press, 2016)
Chapbook:
Lake, and Other Poems of Love in a Foreign Land (Standing Rock Cultural Arts, 2011)
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Camas
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Cirque
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Clackamas Literary Review
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Elohi Gadugi Journal
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ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
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Paris Review
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Porter Gulch Review
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protestpoems.org
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Qarrtsiluni
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Soul-Lit
Prizes won: 

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)

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
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Last update: Jan 13, 2020