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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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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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!

         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. 17, 2016

My short-story collection Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air has been officially released by the Stephen F. Austin State University Press! It is available on Amazon and at independent bookstores nationally through the Texas A&M University Press and Texas Book Consortium and Ingram.


Also, the first two reviews of it are out—and they’re good! The first is by author Leita Kaldi Davis for Peace Corps Writers. She writes, “Jeff Fearnside is a very talented writer who explores deep vicissitudes of human relationships and our connection to nature.” Her complete very thoughtful review may be found here.


In the second, writer, writing teacher, and editor Mike Czyzniejewski chose to review my collection’s story “The Cat People” for his Story366 project, in which he is reading and reviewing a story a day for this entire year. He calls the story one “that every collection needs, the type of story one might call a ‘fiction’ instead of a story, for one, a selection that bucks convention and just exploits a good idea and some good writing.” His lively post may be enjoyed in its entirety here.

June 8, 2017

The new year is steaming toward its halfway point, and there is much to catch up on! Coverage of my short-story collection Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air has been quite widespread for a small-press book and, happily, super positive!


Beth Castrodale’s review of the full collection for Small Press Picks can be found here.


John Burroughs’ review of the full collection for Midwest Book Review can be found here.


Beth Osborne’s review of the full collection for SFWP Quarterly can be found here.


Elizabeth Lowe’s review of the full collection for Small Press Book Review can be found here.


And Dan Wickett’s review of the story “Going for Broke” for the Emerging Writers Network can be found here.


A nice interview of me was also posted on the Emerging Writers Network website for National Short Story Month. I’m honored to have participated with so many other talented writers! All the other interviews are worth checking out as well.


Here are a couple of other fun tidbits to pass along:


The online journal Monkeybicycle ran a really cool feature on my short-story collection as part of their popular “If My Book” series (which you can find here) in which authors compare their books to any number of unusual things. This was a lot of fun!


Finally, I’m pleased to announce that Credo: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing, which includes a piece from yours truly, will be published on March 7, 2018 by C&R Press! Editors Rita Banerjee and Diana Norma Szokolyai have put together a terrific lineup of work by Kazim Ali, John Guzlowski, David Shields, Nicole Walker, Allyson Whipple, Matthew Zapruder, and many other fine writers, an original mix of creative writing manifestos, essays on the craft of writing, and creative writing exercises. (My piece falls into the “manifestos” category.) I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this in print!

Nov. 8, 2017

Here are a few more really nice pieces of news to pass along. First up, a couple of interviews of me.


The first is by Amy Gigi Alexander, a well-known travel writer and Editor-in-Chief of Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, as part of her wonderfully titled “Meet the Makers” series of interviews with various authors. I’m honored to be in this company! Participating in this was a real treat for me. “Meet the Makers: Jeff Fearnside”


The second is by the Santa Fe Writers Project, which is running a series on past winners of its annual literary awards contest. Many thanks to Anne Pinkerton for asking great questions and to judge Ayun Halliday, Andrew Gifford, and the SFWP for recognizing my work. “Q & A with Jeff Fearnside: Omnivorous with Inspiration”


I’m also pleased to post another review of my book, written by Laura Citino for The Coil—the review is very well written and really digs into some of the stories. Thank you Ms. Citino and editor Leah Angstman!


And I have a short story, “In Borrowed Light,” appearing in the forthcoming summer/fall print issue of North Dakota Quarterly (galleys have already been approved) and five poems accepted for a future issue of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (I’ll post more info on these when they appear).

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