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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:

Dec. 12, 2014

My poem “Building Forts” has been accepted by The Fourth River, a terrific journal of nature and place-based writing published by Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing Programs, for their forthcoming Spring 2015 issue.


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.’

Oct. 20, 2014

My short story “The Pub” has been accepted by Fourteen Hills: The San Francisco State University Review, to appear in their forthcoming Fall 2014 issue.


Aug. 20, 2014

After an eventful spring and summer, I have a number of news items to catch up on! Here goes:

I’ve been invited to lead a three-hour writing workshop at Shotpouch Cabin as the writing half of a “Working and Writing the Woods” Volunteer Work Party on Saturday, Sept. 20. The morning will involve some kind of work on Cabin property (I’ve helped with trail maintenance and planting trees in the past) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. My writing workshop will run after lunch from 2 to 5 p.m. I will be focusing on various aspects of place-based writing. All experience levels are welcome. Details on how to sign up will follow soon.

On a related note, my “WR 353 Writing About Places” online course is scheduled again this fall term through Oregon State University. Anyone meeting the prerequisites is welcome to enroll. I’m looking forward to having another terrific group of writers!

Regarding publications, the anthology Everywhere Stories from Press 53, which features one of my short stories set in Kazakhstan, is now available ahead of the originally scheduled publication date! You may order direct from the publisher, from Amazon, or from your favorite local bookstore.

My poem “New Channel” is to be published by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word in an upcoming anthology of writers who have had residencies at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest.

The latest issue of Clackamas Literary Review (Vol. 18, 2014), with my long poem “Book of Lights,” is now out and available for order. My 2,163-word epic runs on pp. 114–127.

And finally (for now), here’s a fun publication to announce: my “Wrules of Righting: Two Decades of Personal Thoughts, Notes, Creeds, and Philosophies on Writing and Life” is to be published by the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop in Credo: An Anthology of Manifestos & Sourcebook for Creative Writing. Other writers whose work has been accepted for the anthology include David Shields, Peter Mountford, Kathleen Spivack, Maya Sonenberg, and Nicole Walker.


  ‘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.


  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.