Jeff Mann

Jeff Mann, Associate Professor

Jeff Mann, Associate Professor
Jeff Mann, Associate Professor

Department of English 
210 Shanks Hall
181 Turner St. NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-7706 |

Jeff Mann is an associate professor in the Department of English.

His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many publications, including Arts and Letters, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Willow Springs, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Crab Orchard Review, and Appalachian Heritage. He has published three award-winning poetry chapbooks, Bliss, Mountain Fireflies, and Flint Shards from Sussex; five full-length books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine, On the Tongue, Ash: Poems from Norse Mythology, A Romantic Mann, and Rebels; two collections of personal essays, Edge: Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear and Binding the God: Ursine Essays from the Mountain South; three novellas, “Devoured,” included in Masters of Midnight: Erotic Tales of the Vampire, “Camp Allegheny,” included in History’s Passion: Stories of Sex Before Stonewall, and “The Saga of Einar and Gisli,” included in On the Run: Tales of Gay Pursuit and Passion; five novels, Fog: A Novel of Desire and Reprisal, which won the Pauline Réage Novel Award, Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War, which won a Rainbow Award, Cub, Country, and Salvation: A Novel of the Civil War, which won both a Lambda Literary Award and the Pauline Réage Novel Award; a book of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men; and three volumes of short fiction, Desire and Devour: Stories of Blood and Sweat, Consent:  Bondage Tales, and A History of Barbed Wire, which won a Lambda Literary Award. In 2013, he was inducted into the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Hall of Fame. 


  • Gay Poetry
  • Appalachian Poetry
  • Gay Fiction
  • Appalachian Fiction
  • Gay Creative Nonfiction
  • Professional Activities
  • Saints and Sinners Literary Festival
  • Appalachian Studies Association
  • B.A., West Virginia University
  • B.S.R., West Virginia University
  • M.A., West Virginia University
  • Member, Academy of American Poets
  • Member, Associated Writing Programs
  • Memeber, Appalachian Studies Association
  • Lambda Literary Award, 2015
  • Pauline Réage Novel Award, 2015
  • Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Hall of Fame, 2013
  • Rainbow Award, First Place in the Best Gay Historical Category for Purgatory: A Novel of the
  • Civil War, 2012
  • Pauline Réage Novel Award for Fog: A Novel of Desire and Reprisal, 2012
  • Jerome Niles Dean’s Faculty Research Award, 2011-12
  • Winner, Established Poets’ Contest, Metrorail Public Art Project, 2011
  • John Preston Short Fiction Award for “Kidnapping Chris,” 2009
  • Lambda Literary Award, 2007


  • Insatiable: A Novel (Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2017).
  • Country (Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2016).
  • Rebels (Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2012). 
  • A Romantic Mann (Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2013).
  • Desire and Devour: Stories of Blood and Sweat (Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2012). 
  • Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War (Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2012). 
  • Salvation (Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2014).
  • Cub (Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2014).
  • Loving Mountains, Loving Men (Ohio University Press, 2005).

Journal Articles

  • “Offensive Hillbilly Queer.” Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia. Ed. Karen Salyer McElmurray and Adrian Blevins. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2015. 94-101. 
  • “The Feast Hall, the Arsenal, and the Mirror: Teaching Literature to Students at Risk.” Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region. Ed. Theresa L. Burriss and Patricia M. Gantt. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2013. 82-94.
  • “Thomas.”  The Other Man:  21 Writers Speak Candidly About Sex, Love, Infidelity, and Moving On. Ed. Paul Alan Fahey. Glen Allen, Virginia: JMS Books, 2013. 125-136.
  • “Romantic.” Who’s Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners. Ed. Jim Elledge and David Groff. Madison: Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. 90-98.

Featured Books

Select Media Mentions

News Stories