Jeffrey Alfier

Poet

Torrance, CA

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 & Prizes

Books:
Southbound Express to Bay Head (Grayson Books, 2016)
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The Red Deer at Carrbridge (Kelsay Books, 2016)
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The Storm Petrel (Grayson Books, 2014)
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Idyll for a Vanishing River (Glass Lyre Press, 2013)
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The Wolf Yearling (Silver Birch Press, 2013)
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Bluesman's Daughter (Kindred Spirit Press, 2011)
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The Torch Singer (Kindred Spirit Press, 2011)
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Before the Troubadour Exits (Kindred Spirit Press, 2010)
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Offloading the Wounded (Moon Publishing and Printing, 2007)
Chapbooks:
The City Without Her (Kindred Spirit Press, 2012)
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The Gathering Light at San Cataldo (Kindred Spirit Press, 2012)
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Strangers within The Gate (Moon Publishing and Printing, 2005)
Journals:
Alembic
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Birmingham Poetry Review
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Black Rock & Sage
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Brilliant Corners
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Broken Bridge Review
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Caesura
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Cairn
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Clare Literary Journal
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Connecticut Review
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Connecticut River Review
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Cottonwood Review
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Crab Orchard Review
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Crannóg
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Echolocation
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Eclipse
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Ellipsis
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Emerson Review
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Flint Hills Review
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Fox Cry Review
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Georgetown Review
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Gihon River Review
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Heartland Review
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Hobo Camp Review
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Homestead Review
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Illya's Honey
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Into the Teeth of the Wind
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Iodine Poetry Journal
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Iron Horse Literary Review
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JAMA
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Jelly Bucket
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Kerf
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Mangrove Review
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Moonshot Magazine
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Northridge Review
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Other Poetry
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Penumbra
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Platte Valley Review
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RE:AL
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Red River Review
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River Oak Review
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Rockhurst Review
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Ruminate
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Sandy River Review
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Santa Clara Review
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South Carolina Review
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Spectrum
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Sport Literate
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Suisun Valley Review
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Texas Review
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The Binnacle
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The Fourth River
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The Mayo Review
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The New York Quarterly
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The South Carolina Review
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Three Coyotes
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Tulane Review
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Utah English Journal
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Watershed
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Willow Review
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Xavier Review
Prizes won: 

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

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Italian American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Dearborn
Raised in: 
Hampton, VA
Virginia
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Last update: Aug 15, 2018