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 | jemann@vt.edu

Jeff Mann grew up in Covington, Virginia, and Hinton, West Virginia, receiving degrees in English and forestry from West Virginia University.  He’s published five books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine, On the Tongue, Ash: Poems from Norse Mythology, A Romantic Mann, and Rebels; three collections of personal essays, Edge: Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear, Binding the God: Ursine Essays from the Mountain South, and Endangered Species: A Surly Bear in the Bible Belt; a book of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men; six novels, Fog, Purgatory, Cub, Salvation, Country, and Insatiable; and three volumes of short fiction, Consent, Desire and Devour, and A History of Barbed Wire.  With Julia Watts, he coedited LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia.  The winner of two Lambda Literary Awards and four National Leather Association International awards, he’s an associate professor of creative writing at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.  

 

  • Gay literature
  • Appalachian literature
  • Icelandic sagas
  • Norse mythology
  • American Civil War
  • MA in English, West Virginia University, 1984.
  • BA in English, West Virginia University, 1981.
  • BSR in Nature Interpretation, 1981.
  • Member, Academy of American Poets
  • Member, Associated Writing Programs
  • Memeber, Appalachian Studies Association

 

  • Cynthia Slater Nonfiction Article Award for “In Defense of Erotica,” 2018.
  • Pauline Réage Novel Award for Salvation:  A Novel of the Civil War, 2015.
  • Lambda Literary Award for Salvation:  A Novel of the Civil War, 2015.
  • Out in Print’s “Best of 2014” for Cub.
  • Out in Print’s “Best 13 Reads for 2013” for A Romantic Mann.
  • Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Hall of Fame, 2013.
  • Out in Print’s “Best of 2012” for Purgatory:  A Novel of the Civil War, 2012.                  
  • 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 for A History of Barbed Wire, 2007.
  • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Certificate of Teaching Excellence, 2007.

 

Books

Endangered Species:  A Surly Bear in the Bible Belt (essays).  Amherst, Massachusetts:  Lethe Press, 2019.  (354 pp.)

LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia (anthology co-edited with Julia Watts).  Morgantown, West Virginia:  West Virginia University Press, 2019.  (288 pp.)

Insatiable (novel).  Amherst, Massachusetts:  Unzipped Books/Lethe Press, 2017.  (267 pp.)

Consent (short fiction).  Maple Shade, New Jersey:  Unzipped Books/Lethe Press, 2017.  (280 pp.)

Country (novel).  Maple Shade, New Jersey:  Lethe Press, 2016.  (418 pp.)

Rebels (poems).  Maple Shade, New Jersey:  Lethe Press, 2015.  (172 pp.)

Salvation:  A Novel of the Civil War (novel).  Maple Shade, NJ:  Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2014.  (290 pp.)

Cub (novel).  Maple Shade, NJ:  Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2014.  (226 pp.)

A Romantic Mann (poems).  Maple Shade, NJ:  Lethe Press, 2013.  (134 pp.)

Desire and Devour:  Stories of Blood and Sweat (short fiction).  Maple Shade, NJ:  Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2012.  (202 pp.)

Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War (novel).  Maple Shade, NJ:  Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2012.  (286 pp.)

Fog:  A Novel of Desire and Reprisal (novel).  Maple Shade NJ:  Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2011.  (228 pp.)

Ash: Poems from Norse Mythology (poetry).  Bar Harbor, ME: Rebel Satori Press, 2011.  (136 pp.)

Binding the God: Ursine Essays from the Mountain South (personal essays).  New London, CN:  Bear Bones Books/Lethe Press, 2010.  (232 pp.)

A History of Barbed Wire (short fiction).  San Francisco: Suspect Thoughts Press, 2006.  (208 pp.)

On the Tongue (poetry).  Arlington, VA: Gival Press, 2006.  (86 pp.)

Loving Mountains, Loving Men (memoir and poetry). Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2005.  (218 pp.)

Bones Washed with Wine (poems). Arlington, VA:  Gival Press, 2003.  (77 pp.)

Edge (personal essays).  Binghamton, NY: Harrington Park Press/Haworth Press, 2003.  (183 pp.)

Flint Shards from Sussex (poems). Arlington, VA: Gival Press, 2000.  (33 pp.)

Mountain Fireflies (poems). Yosemite, CA: Poetic Matrix Press, 2000.  (25 pp.)

Bliss (poems). Baltimore: BrickHouse Books, 1998.  (40 pp.)           

Journal Articles

  • ENGL 4954/Study Abroad
  • ENGL 5774/Editing a Literary Journal
  • ENGL 6734/Graduate Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • ENGL 6704/Graduate Fiction Workshop
  • ENGL 6714/Graduate Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 5744/Graduate Form and Theory of Poetry
  • ENGL 3724/Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • ENGL 3714/Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 3704/Fiction Workshop
  • ENGL 4704/Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • ENGL 2744/Introduction to Creative Writing
  • HUM 4404/Appalachian Folk Culture
  • ENGL 1105/Composition and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 1106/Composition and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 2525/American Literature I
  • ENGL 2526/American Literature II
  • ENGL 2024 /Introduction to Poetry
  • ENGL 2334/Introduction to Satire
  • ENGL 3614/Southern Literature
  • HUM 1704/Introduction to Appalachian Studies
  • HONORS 3004/Honors Colloquium: Confessional Poetry
  • ENGL 4684/Special Study in Gay and Lesbian Literature 
  • ENGL 3624/Appalachian Literature

 

London Study Abroad, Summer 2015.

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