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Hiking at Grand Canyon

WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE! I’m Jeff Fearnside, writer, editor, speaker, teacher, workshop leader, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Follow the links above or below to read some of my work, contact me regarding readings and workshops, explore Asia through my photo travelogue, and much more.

You may want to bookmark this site, as I regularly update current material and add new material. Thanks for visiting, and please return often!


Poetry Chapbook Out

Travelogue: Asia

jeff in sand

At China’s Taklamakan (Go-in-and-you-won’t-come-out) Desert

Lake, and Other Poems of Love in a Foreign Land  by Jeff Fearnside
Kent, Ohio: Standing Rock Cultural Arts

The book has such a strong sense of being in that culture, the tangible feeling of being in the markets and landscape, the smoke, the smells, all with an island of love within in the space of 10 poems.—Allan Peterson, author of five chapbooks and four full-length books of poetry, most recently Fragile Acts (McSweeney’s, 2012)


Where to find my work:

Latest News

Copies of the following journals and anthologies that include my work are available; click on each cover image for order info:

Aug. 3, 2015

My story “Checkout” is now available to read on the Story Magazine website.

You can read my poem “Ars Poetica” in the summer issue of Soul-Lit: A Journal of Spiritual Poetry.


Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, an anthology of 20 stories by 20 authors set in 20 countries, edited by award-winning author Clifford Garstang (What the Zhang Boys Know, In an Uncharted Country), takes readers on a journey to all seven continents, including Kazakhstan with my story ‘A Husband and Wife Are One Satan.’

June 22, 2015


My poem “Ars Poetica” has been accepted by Soul-Lit: A Journal of Spiritual Poetry! It’s scheduled to appear in their upcoming summer issue.

June 20, 2015


  ‘Itam’ has been reprinted in a new anthology, The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays, published by Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc. The book includes 20 prizewinning essays on the subjects of race, ethnicity, culture, place, and identity. Acclaimed writer David Mura contributed the introduction.

‘… Chalk Circle is a truly important book.’—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winner and recipient of the Tu Do Chinh Kien Award

My short-story collection Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air was named a finalist for the Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction! They received nearly 150 manuscripts, and mine made the top 12.

Also, my short story “The Woman Who Came from the Earth” just appeared in the very attractive 2015 issue of Pacific Review—an annual review of prose, poetry, and artwork, published in affiliation with San Diego State University.


March 1, 2015

I believe 2015 is going to be fantastic—the first two months of the year have been extremely busy and fruitful already!

To begin, while I’ve known about this since January, I had to wait on reporting it until the official announcement was made: I’m the recipient of a 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission! Only 13 fellowships were awarded this year, just five of those to writers. You can check out the very nice profiles of me and the other recipients on the OAC website.

The editors of the anthology in which my poem “New Channel” will appear have found a wonderful publisher: the University of Washington Press. The anthology is to be titled Forest Under Story: A Decade of Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest, and it’s scheduled to be published in 2016.

I’ve had four poems accepted to be published in the forthcoming Fall 2014/Spring 2015 issue of Assisi.

It’s official! My proposal to redesign “ENG 210 Literatures of the World: Asia” as an online class at OSU has been approved and is scheduled for this upcoming summer term. I’m going to focusing on work by authors from Silk Road countries. Design is already underway. I’ve been dreaming of teaching this course ever since my Peace Corps days, and I’m feeling quite excited about it finally becoming realized!

A review by Christopher X. Shade of Everywhere Stories that was recently published in The Collagist has this very nice paragraph on my story in the collection, “A Husband and Wife Are One Satan”:

“Though these stories are entertaining and illustrative, the more compelling are those without Americans. One such story is ‘A Husband and Wife Are One Satan,’ set in Kazakhstan, in which a married couple quarrel to draw business to their restaurant. It is a moving portrait of identity and love, and the hard work required to attain them. Every scene is set in the restaurant, revealing the many walks of Kazakhstani life: Kazakh and Tatar and Russian, Muslim and Christian, coupled and widowed, teenaged and long in the tooth. A few pages in, the author lyrically addresses the nature of the everywhere story in a description of the restaurant patrons: ‘[they were] connected by a common energy, an energy unseen to them but to the spiritual master or poet as the blue-white glow simultaneously broadcasting the same flickering patterns from identical square boxes out window after window onto street after street night after night.’”

Here’s another excellent piece of news regarding Everywhere Stories: Worldview Magazine published a full-page feature with excerpts from two of the stories by Peace Corps writers, Susi Wyss’ “Eggs” and my own “A Husband and Wife Are One Satan,” in its current Winter 2014 issue.

Finally, I’m now on Goodreads! Please feel free to connect with me there if you wish.


  My essay ‘Ships in the Desert’ appears in a special theme issue on water, the Winter 2011 issue of New Madrid, accompanied by beautiful black-and-white photographs by Kristian Ansand Walter.

This essay was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


  My short stories ‘The Cat People’ and ‘Znamenskaya Russkaya Pravoslavnaya Tserkov (The Holy Sign Russian Orthodox Church)’ appear in the Spring 2012 issue of Fjords Review.

‘The Cat People’ has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


  My short story ‘Ball and Chain’ appears in the Winter 2012 issue of Little Patuxent Review. This is their special Social Justice issue.


  Scent of Cedars contains my short story ‘Going for Broke,’ along with the work of 31 other writers from the Pacific Northwest, including Lisa Roullard, Kris Christensen, and Ken Letko.

‘Fearnside packs a lot of history into his story, and not much of it is pretty. It opens a window into another time….’—Cecelia Hagen, Eugene Weekly


You may also read more of my work here.