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.