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The author of the book: Jeffrey Penn May
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Date of issue: February 18th 2013
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The Wells Creek Route explores nature, mountain climbing, personal tragedy, and randomness. It was published in the 2008 July/August issue of “The Rambler, a magazine of personal expression” from Chapel Hill, NC and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. From editor Dave Korzon, “This is more than good writing. This is what happens when good writing, superior craftsmanship and honesty and courage all come together.” And managing editor Elizabeth Oliver, “It is always hard for us to narrow down the stories and poems in the magazine to nominate, but The Wells Creek Route really stood out for us this year. Thanks again for sharing your work with us.”
In Pluggin’ Leaks, a young towboat deckhand tries to deflect his future while hammering cedar shingles into a cracked steel hull to keep a barge from sinking into the icebound Mississippi River. It won honorable mention in the 1991 Writers Digest Short Story Competition, placing 25th out of more than 2000 thousand entries.
Desolation Peaks won a 2005 James Nash Memorial Contest award from the St. Louis Writers Guild. Comment from contest judge: “Clearly Hemingway is lurking near, but you integrate his influence skillfully into the theme. Crazy Cathy sees allusions everywhere and damned if Nick doesn't find himself doing it, too. This is a nice touch and very neatly leads to the resolution. The irony of its coming, the very source of the conflict is a masterful touch.”
In The Deaf Woman’s TV, the main character awkwardly attempts to date his apartment complex neighbor while showing empathy and concern for an elderly woman. Published in 2007, Issue 4 of “Libbon, UK’s Newest Short Story Magazine.”
Hazards of Bat Guano is a humorous story about fly-fishing, bats, caves, and a clear Missouri Ozark stream. It was published in the 2003 Premier Issue of “The Written Word, The Midwest Literary Community Magazine.” One reader wrote, “I loved your story. It made me laugh out loud! Humor is wonderful, and very few can deliver it. It reminded me of Bill Bryson’s hilarious stories.”
Sunfish was published in a 1976 issue of “Image,” then loosely affiliated with the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The idealistic poets and writers who published Image have long since disappeared into reality. I’ve included this story because it seems to fit thematically with the others. Also because of its use of the second person pronoun. It’s about you and fish. Likely the most experimental of this collection.
Cynthia's Currents looks at decades flown by and Cynthia who refused to go along. It took first place in the 2006 Pat DeClue Writing Contest – The Writers' Society of Jefferson County. “Congratulations and keep writing.”
Unfortunately, The Rambler, The Written Word, and Libbon, all excellent, high-quality literary magazines succumbed to financial burdens and the Great Recession. (Hopefully, it had nothing to do with the burden of publishing my stories.)
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Read information about the authorJeff has won several short fiction awards and his work has appeared in the US, UK, and Canada. His narrative nonfiction story “The Wells Creek Route” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his novel Where the River Splits was praised in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and on St. Louis KMOX radio.
His most recent work, Eight Billion Steps: My Impossible Quest For Cancer Comedy is about (as may seem obvious) finding humor in cancer. After Jeff was diagnosed with an extremely large and rare salivary gland tumor on the back of his tongue, throat and jaw, he and his wife began their fun-filled search for treatment. Eight Billion Steps is Jeff’s life-affirming odyssey, told with honesty and humor, interspersed with moments of terror. And includes practical information that may help you or a loved one. Jeff is a cancer survivor.
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