Miah Jeffra

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

San Francisco, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Miah Jeffra is author of four books, most recently the short fiction collection The Violence Almanac and the novel American Gospel, and co-editor—with Arisa White and Monique Mero—of the anthology Home is Where You Queer Your Heart. Work can be seen in StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, The North American Review, Barrelhouse, DIAGRAM, jubilat and many others. Miah is co-founder of Whiting Award-winning queer and trans literary collaborative, Foglifter Press, and teaches writing and decolonial studies at Santa Clara University and Sonoma State University.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic! (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2020)
The First Church of What's Happening (Nomadic Press, 2017)


The Violence Almanac (Black Lawrence Press, 2021)
Prizes won: 

New Millennium Prize

Sidney Lanier Fiction Prize

Atticus Review Creative Nonfiction Prize

Oregon Writers Colony Award for Nonfiction

Clark-Gross Award

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Toni Morrison, Michael Cunningham, Colum McCann, Richard Rodriguez, Angela Davis, Ron Rash, James Baldwin, Annie Proulx, Edward Albee, Douglas Kearney, Arisa White, Bhanu Kapil, Jamie O'Neill, Kazim Ali.

More Information

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Identifies as: 
LGBTQ, Multiethnic
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Last update: Jan 28, 2023