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Department of English

Physical Address:
Brink Hall 200
(208) 885-6156 phone
(208) 885-5944 fax

Mailing Address:
English Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

Jeff Jones

Jeff Jones

Office: Brink Hall 115
Email: jeffj@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: English Department - University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
English Department

Home Town: Moscow, Idaho
With UI Since 2005

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Creative Writing: fiction and nonfiction
  • Biography

    Born in Denver, Colorado, Jeff lived in Seattle and Pullman, Washington, before moving to Moscow in 2004. His nonfiction honors include a Pushcart prize and the Lamar York prize. His short stories have won the A. David Schwartz, Wabash, and Hackney prizes, along with special mentions in the Pushcart, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and Best American Horror anthologies. His poetry chapbook, Stratus Opacus, was released from Main Street Rag Publishing in 2008. He was a teaching fellow in fiction at the 2009 Wesleyan Writers Conference and a MacDowell Artist in Residence in 2010.

  • Selected Publications



    • "The Scaffold and The Palace" – Fugue 38, Winter-Spring 2010.
    • "Children of Cain" – Pushcart Prize XXXII, 2008.
    • "Dad Joiner’s Dream" – The Oxford American, Best of the South III issue, July 2008.
    • "Ladies and Gentlemen, An Ass Whuppin’" – Arts & Letters 19, Spring 2008.
    • "An American Education" – Gulf Coast 19.2, Summer-Fall 2007.
    • "Fireworks" – Forged In Fire: Essays By Idaho Writers, U. Oklahoma Press, 2005.


    • "Dear Anastasia" - Quiddity - forthcoming
    • "What You Find, If You Find It" - New Ohio Review 11, Spring 2012.
    • "Maybe We’re the Angels" – Five Points 2011 (14.1).
    • "Riven" Post Road 19, Spring 2010.
    • "The Runciter Project" Dogwood 10, Spring 2010.
    • "Another Cop Story" – J Journal 2.2, Fall 2009.
    • "Scooter’s Story" – Alaska Quarterly Review 26.1, Spring and Summer 2009.
    • "The Night the Winter Palace Was Taken" – Cream City Review 32.1, Spring 2008.
    • "Snowmelt on Ice" (reprinted) – Zahir Tales 16, Summer 2008.
    • "Tribute" – Night Train (online), 2007.
    • "The Mysterious Intensity of the Heart" – Redivider 4.1, Fall 2006.
    • "The Source of My Troubles" – Sycamore Review 18.2, Summer/Fall 2006.
  • Outreach Projects

    Coordinator, Humanities Outreach Project, 2007-08
    This program, under the direction of Distinguished Humanities Professor Gary Williams, brought rural high school students to the University of Idaho for cultural events and to connect with undergraduate humanities mentors during the academic year 2007-08.

  • Awards and Honors
    Awards and Honors

    • MacDowell Artist in Residence, 2010.
    • Teaching Fellow, Wesleyan Writers Conference, 2009.
    • Pushcart Prize, "Children of Cain" (essay), 2008
    • "Maybe We're the Angels" (short story) - Special Mention, Pushcart Prize XXXVI, 2012.
    • "Another Cop Story" (short story) – Special Mention, Pushcart Prize XXXV, 2011.
    • Maybe We’re the Angels (short story collection) – Finalist, Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, University of Georgia Press, 2010.
    • "The Night the Winter Palace Was Taken" (short story)– 1st Place, A. David Schwartz Prize in Fiction, Cream City Review, 2008.
    • Idaho Commission on the Arts Quickfund to complete an essay, 2007.
    • "The Source of My Troubles" (short story)– Special Mention, Pushcart Prize XXXII, 2008.
    • "Agony of the Forgotten" (short story)– Honorable Mention, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, 2007.
    • "The Mysterious Intensity of the Heart" (short story) – Recommended Reading List, Best American Fantasy, 2007. 
    • "The Source of My Troubles" (short story) – 1st Place, Sycamore Review Wabash Prize for Fiction, selected by Janet Burroway, 2006.
    • "Sorrow and Clarity” (essay)– Lamar York Prize in Nonfiction, The Chattahoochee Review, 2003.
    • "An Education" (essay) - Honorable Mention, Speakeasy Prize in Prose, selected by Sven Birkerts, 2003.
It's the practiced hand that can make the natural gesture. - Willa Cather

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