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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!

Bio

Coming in July 2016!

Travelogue: Asia

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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!

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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:

May 26, 2016

I haven’t posted any updates here in a while. Thankfully, much has been happening!

The latest issue of Valparaiso Fiction Review is hot off the presses, and it includes my short story “Ghosts of Men Alive” along with stories by Peter Obourn, Dyanne Stempel, Carolyn Oliver, Louise Marburg, John Danahy, and Sian M. Jones!

My poem “The Greatest Generation” has been accepted for the Summer/Fall 2016 issue of Naugatuck River Review. The issue should be out by the end of August. It will appear online with a print issue also available to order.

The April 19 reading at Milepost 5 in Portland went splendidly! I really enjoyed meeting my co-readers Jamie Duclos-Yourdon and Margaret Malone, who proved to be both talented and personable. Special thanks to Elohi Gadugi Journal and Duane Poncy, for sponsoring and hosting this long-running and well-organized reading series.

I was one of the featured guests in a special National Peace Corps Week edition of the Get Off My Lawn podcast, hosted by Kevin Marousek. Also interviewed were Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, fellow RPCV from Kazakhstan and Jesuit-in-training Tony Lusvardi, and cellist Ivan Trevino of the group Break of Reality, who collaborated with Kazakhstani singer Galymzhan Moldanazar. (I come in at around 24:30.)

Forest Under Story: A Decade of Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest has been released—what a beautifully produced book! So many outstanding writers have work in this anthology, including Scott Russell Sanders, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Andrew C. Gottlieb, Jane Hirshfield, Kathleen Dean Moore, and Robert Michael Pyle. My own modest contribution is on pp. 123–124 (my poem “New Channel”).

The Winter 2015 issue of Kudzu House Quarterly is up! Among the other fine creative works you’ll find in it (I hope you’ll check out the whole issue) is my poem “Late Winter, Lookout Creek”.

I’ve received some questions about how to pre-order my forthcoming short-story collection, Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air, which is now on track to be released in June. There are two ways to do so. My distributor is the Texas A&M University Press and Texas Book Consortium. You may call their orders department at 1-800-826-8911 and provide your credit card information over the phone. (The ISBN # is 978-1-62288-103-1.) Or you may pre-order from Amazon at this link. The lovely cover art isn’t posted there yet, but it should be soon!

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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

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  ‘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

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  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.

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  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.

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

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  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

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You may also read more of my work here.

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