Jeff Biggers

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General Information

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Name: Jeff Biggers

Pen Name: None

Genres: nonfiction, poetry

Born: 1963 in Ohio



Illinois Connection

Jeff was raised in Illinois and he currently divides his time between Illinois and Italy.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jeff Biggers is a writer, editor, journalist, and critic. He has worked as a writer, educator and community organizer across the United States, Europe, India and Mexico. His award-winning stories have appeared on NPR, PRI, and in travel, literary and music magazines, and national and foreign newspapers.

Biggers is also a frequent blogger on Huffington Post, Alternet and Common Dreams. A contributing editor to The Bloomsbury Review, his work has appeared in scores of American and foreign newspapers, magazines and numerous anthologies, including Coal Country and We All Live Downstream. He has been a commentator on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and for Pacific News Service national syndication.

Published Works

  • No Lonesome Road: Selected Prose and Poems, University of Illinois Press, 2004
  • In the Sierra Madres: A Travel Memoir , University of Illinois Press, 2007
  • The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture and Enlightment to America, Shoemaker and Hoard, 2007
  • Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland, Nation Books, 2010 reprinted by Southern Illinois University Press, 2014
  • State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream, Nation Books, 2012

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Literary Awards

  • American Book Award
  • Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism
  • Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award
  • Illinois Arts Council Creative Non-Fiction Award
  • David Brower Award for Environmental Reporting
  • Delta Award for Literature
  • Plattner Award for Appalachian Literature
  • Illinois Arts Council Creative Non-Fiction Award

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Jeff Biggers on WorldCat

Jeff Biggers on Amazon

Jeff Biggers on Wikipedia


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