Jeff Fearnside



“Jeff Fearnside’s début story collection, Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air, is 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; in the subtle surprises of several tales—surprises that, retrospectively, feel completely earned and natural.”—Small Press Picks


“By inverting reality as we know it, Fearnside uses fables to question what it is that prevents us from living fully…. [N]one of the thirteen stories are really about what you think they are. Read them. At the end of each one, the story will subtly shift and you will realize that it was about something else all along.”—Small Press Book Review


Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air, above all, is a collection detailing perseverance even when all seems hopeless. Most of Fearnside’s stories close with threads still loose, begging to be tied up by the reader’s imagination. The question Fearnside leaves us with is: would you have these people continue to stumble, or would you see them rise up?”—SFWP Quarterly


“[H]ighly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library Literary Fiction collections.”—Midwest Book Review


“Fearnside’s writing is strongest with his female characters. They push against type more strongly and assert their independence against expectations in interesting ways.”—The Coil


“Jeff Fearnside is a very talented writer who explores deep vicissitudes of human relationships and our connection to nature. I’ll be looking for his new novel.”—Peace Corps Writers

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Jeff Fearnside is the author of two full-length books—the short-story collection Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) and the essay collection Ships in the Desert (forthcoming from the SFWP Press)—and two chapbooks: Lake, and Other Poems of Love in a Foreign Land (Standing Rock Cultural Arts) and A Husband and Wife Are One Satan (fiction, forthcoming from Orison Books as winner of the 2020 Orison Chapbook Prize). His stories, essays, and poems have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies such as The Paris Review, Los Angeles Review, Story, The Pinch, The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing), and Rewilding: Poems for the Environment (Flexible Press). Awards for his work include a Grand Prize in the Santa Fe Writers Project’s Literary Awards Program, the Mary Mackey Short Story Prize, the Peace Corps Writers Poetry Award, and an Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission.


Image: Sabina Poole for the Oregon Arts Commission