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Hiking at Grand Canyon

WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE! I’m Jeff Fearnside, author, 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!


Coming Soon in 2016!

Travelogue: Asia

jeff in sand

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

Making  Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air: And Other Stories of Flight

Stephen F. Austin State University Press

Jeff Fearnside’s is a welcome new voice. His short fiction is sharply drawn, often poignant, and always surprising.—Mary Clearman Blew, author of This Is Not the Ivy League

Fearnside’s characters exhibit a quiet dignity rarely encountered in life or on the page. As a reader, I appreciate the breathing room.—Ayun Halliday, author of No Touch Monkey!


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:

Oct. 12, 2015

I’ve been waiting for the details to be finalized before formally announcing this, and I’m happy I can do so now: my short-story collection Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air has been accepted for publication by the Stephen F. Austin State University Press and is scheduled to appear in March 2016!

This is the same collection that was previously a finalist for the New Rivers Press MVP Award and, earlier this year, the Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction. The endorsements that have already come in have been wonderful, and I’ll be posting those along with details regarding ordering in the next few months as we move toward the official release date.

Some more good publishing news:

I’m honored that two of my poems were selected for inclusion in About Place Journal’s latest issue, with the theme “The Future Imagined Differently.” Those poems are “Black Friday Morning” and “Too Often We Think.” A very special thanks to Patricia Spears Jones, who edited this lovely issue.

My poem “Shotpouch Creek” is available to read in the current issue of Elohi Gadugi Journal with the theme “Rivers.”

The latest edition of Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts & Letters, Volume 4, Issue 1/2, is now available. I have four poems appearing in its pages. You may download a PDF of the issue or view it online here.

My poem “Late Winter, Lookout Creek” is slated to appear in the Winter 2015 issue of Kudzu House Quarterly.


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,’ which has been called ‘a moving portrait of identity and love, and the hard work required to attain them.’—Christopher X. Shade, The Collagist


  ‘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 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.


Aug. 3, 2015


  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’ was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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.


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.


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


June 20, 2015

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.


  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.