Jeff Fearnside


          ‘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

          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

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

          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’ was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

         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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Available now!

Travelogue: Asia

Making  Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air, and Other Stories of Flight

Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2016


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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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!

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

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         Forest Under Story: A Decade of Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest (University of Washington Press, 2016) features the work of many outstanding writers, including Scott Russell Sanders, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Jane Hirshfield, and Kathleen Dean Moore, along with my own contribution (my poem ‘New Channel’).


‘To learn one place in the world may be the beginning of learning our place in the world. Like the old-growth forest where they were written, these wonderfully thoughtful descriptions, essays, poems, and meditations offer rich and vigorous variety, exquisite detail, and broad vistas of time and possibility.’—Ursula LeGuin

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Dec. 31, 2019

Where has the year gone by? So much has happened! I’ll use my busy-ness as an excuse for the lack of recent posts. Well, let’s do some catching up. We’ll start with the latest and work our way back:


I’m humbled and honored and thrilled that my poem “Welcome the Stranger” appeared in the Winter 2019 issue of The Paris Review!


My book Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air was named one of five finalists for the international Eyelands Book Awards in the category of published short-story collections.


My poem “After Blackberry Picking,” which originally appeared in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, was selected for inclusion in the anthology Rewilding: Poems for the Environment, due from Flexible Press in 2020.


On Oct. 24, I read my work at an ARTscend reading, in honor of the highest peak in Oregon’s Coast Range, long a sacred site to the First Peoples of this region, and still an important place to the ecology of Central Oregon today: Marys Peak. The rest of the lineup was absolutely terrific: Ingrid Wendt, Anita Sullivan, Meredith Jacobson, Maria Renee Johnson, and Charles Goodrich (whose work was read by Alex Diaz-Hui). I had the privilege of being able to introduce Charles and read one of my own poems, “Uplift and Creekfall.” A chapbook of our work was produced and available for attendees of the event. In addition to the writings of those mentioned above, it includes photos of nine of the art pieces from the previous year’s ARTscend Marys Peak project.


I had a poem appear in Camas Magazine and two poems in Arlington Literary Journal, better known as ArLiJo.


A poem of mine was put to music by a brilliant composer and pianist, Steven Luksan! He chose my poem “On Christmas Eve” for a new song cycle titled “Sea Songs” for voice and piano, performed in its world premier as part of a spring concert program called A Love Song to the Salish Sea on May 18 in Des Moines, WA. For this song cycle, he also wrote music to lyrics by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robinson Jeffers, Sara Teasdale, and Carl Sandburg. I heard a recording of my poem, and all I can say is, “Wow!” Luksan has written a perfect setting for the poem—wistful, haunting, entirely reminiscent of a meditative walk along a Pacific Northwest beach. Mezzo-soprano Julia Benzinger sings it beautifully.


My poem “The Old Apple Orchard” appeared in the 2019 issue of Porter Gulch Review. The journal is under the guidance of poet Dr. David Sullivan at Cabrillo Community College in Aptos, California.


I had two poems accepted by A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments and a personal essay about my time in Kazakhsstan, “More than Tenge and Tiyn,” accepted by Silk Road Review.

Jan. 28, 2020

Please look for my poem “The Crucifixion of St. Julia,” after the painting of the same name by the Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch, in the Spring 2020 issue of the beautiful and important journal Tiferet.

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