Jeffrey Alfier

Torrance, CA
Website: 
www.sprreview.com

Author's Bio

Jeffrey Alfier holds an MA in Humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills. He is an Air Force veteran with 27 years of officer and enlisted service, and a member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). He has also worked as a functional analyst with Science Applications International Corporation, and once taught history as an adjunct faculty member with City College of Chicago’s European Division. His publication credits include Spoon River Poetry, Birmingham Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, The Cape Rock, Concho River Review, Emerson Review, Georgetown Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Kestrel, Limestone, Louisville Review, New Madrid, New York Quarterly, Pacific Review, Owen Wister Review, Permafrost, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry South (UK), Post Road, RE:AL, Red Cedar Review, Southwestern American Literature, Sugar House Review, Texas Review, War Literature and the Arts, Vallum (Canada), and Xavier Review. His chapbooks are Strangers Within the Gate (2005), Offloading the Wounded (2008), Before the Troubadour Exits (2010), Bluesman's Daughter (2011), The Torch Singer (2011), The Gathering Light at San Cataldo (2012), and The City Without Her (2012). His first full-length book of poems is The Wolf Yearling (Silver Birch Press, 2013) and his second book of poems, Idyll for a Vanishing River, is forthcoming from Glass Lyre Press.

Publications and Prizes

Book

The Torch Singer
(Kindred Spirit Press,
2011)
Before the Troubadour Exits
(Kindred Spirit Press,
2010)
Bluesman's Daughter
(Kindred Spirit Press,
2011)
Offloading the Wounded
(The Moon Publishing & Printing,
2007)
The Wolf Yearling
(Silver Birch Press,
2013)
Idyll for a Vanishing River
(Glass Lyre Press,
2013)

Chapbook

Strangers within The Gate
(The Moon Publishing and Printing,
2005)
The Gathering Light at San Cataldo
(Kindred Spirit Press,
2012)
The City Without Her
(Kindred Spirit Press,
2012)

Journal

Alembic
Birmingham Poetry Review
Cape Rock
Crab Orchard Review
CutThroat
Georgetown Review
Iodine Poetry Journal
Iron Horse Literary Review
River Oak Review
Watershed
Blue Earth Review
Broken Bridge Review
Black Rock & Sage
Santa Clara Review
Saint Ann's Review
War, Literature & the Arts
Borderlands
Texas Review
RE:AL
Pacific Review
Caesura
Concho River Review
Red Wheelbarrow
Reed Magazine
Into the Teeth of the Wind
Xavier Review
Northridge Review
Permafrost
Blue Collar Review
Heartland Review
JAMA
Homestead Review
Flint Hills Review
Penumbra
Front Range Review
Pinyon
Dislocate
Ruminate
Eleven Eleven
Eclipse
Mangrove Review
Kerf
Sport Literate
Raleigh Review
Cottonwood Review
The South Carolina Review
Moonshot Magazine
Illya's Honey
The New York Quarterly
Clare Literary Journal
Cairn
RHINO
Copper Nickel
Connecticut Review
Connecticut River Review
Suisun Valley Review
Noctua Review
Fox Cry Review
Lake Effect
Other Poetry
Crannóg
Poetry South
Midwestern Gothic
Sakura Review
Emerson Review
Boxcar Poetry Review
Three Coyotes
Ellipsis
Rockhurst Review
Slant: A Journal of Poetry
Kestrel
New Madrid
Whiskey Island Magazine
Willow Review
Welter
Spectrum
Slipstream
Inscape
Broad River Review
Owen Wister Review
The Fourth River
The Mayo Review
Red River Review
James Dickey Review
Jelly Bucket
Mosaic Art & Literary Journal
Platte Valley Review
Blueline
Echolocation
Southwestern American Literature
Sandy River Review
Hobo Camp Review
Emrys Journal
Utah English Journal
The Binnacle
Sugar House Review
Gihon River Review
Brilliant Corners
Limestone
Post Road
Plain Spoke
South Carolina Review
Tulane Review
Prizes: 
Five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a nominee for the UK’s Forward Prize for Poetry. In 2013 he was selected as a finalist for the Press 53 Poetry Contest.

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings? 
Yes
Travels for readings? 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Italian American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults
Born in: 
Dearborn, MI
Raised in: 
Hampton, VA

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Winter Stars by Larry Levis, Mind, Brain and Free Will by Richard Swinburne, What Work IS by Philip Levine, God and Stephen Hawking by John C. Lennox
Favorite Books:
The Real West Marginal Way by Richard Hugo, all of Cormac McCarthy's works, works by poets listed under 'Favorite Authors'
Favorite Authors:
Richard Hugo, Yusef Komunyakaa, Walt McDonald, Philip Levine, Larry D. Thomas, Anne Marie Macari, Kevin Young, Patricia Smith, James Welch, William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, Jim Harrison, Bruce Weigl, Wendell Berry, WD Ehrhart, James Wright, Franz Wright, Rodney Jones, Giuseppe Ungaretti, James Lee Burke, James Crumley.

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Listing last updated: January 19, 2014.