About the AuthorJeff Mann grew up in Covington, Virginia, and Hinton, West Virginia, receiving degrees in English and forestry from West Virginia University. 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; four full-length books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine, On the Tongue, Ash: Poems from Norse Mythology, and A Romantic Mann; two collections of personal essays, Edge: Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear and Binding the God: Ursine Essays from the Mountain South; two novellas, Devoured, included in Masters of Midnight: Erotic Tales of the Vampire, and Camp Allegheny, included in History’s Passion: Stories of Sex Before Stonewall; two novels, Fog: A Novel of Desire and Reprisal, which won the Pauline Réage Novel Award, and Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War, which won a Rainbow Award; a book of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men; and two volumes of short fiction, Desire and Devour: Stories of Blood and Sweat 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. He teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Awards and HonorsSaints and Sinners Literary Festival Hall of Fame, 2013.
Finalist, John Preston Short Fiction Award for “Christmas Comes to Otters’ Gap,” 2013.
Out in Print’s “Best of 2012” for Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War, 2012.
Rainbow Award, First Place in the Gay Historical Category for Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War, 2012.
Winner, Established Poets’ Contest, Metrorail Public Art Project, 2011.
Finalist, John Preston Short Fiction Award for “Lost River,” 2010.
John Preston Short Fiction Award for “Kidnapping Chris,” 2009.
Lambda Literary Award for A History of Barbed Wire, 2007.