Author of State Out of the Union, Reckoning at Eagle Creek, The United States of Appalachia and In the Sierra Madre, Jeff Biggers has worked as a writer and educator across the United States, Europe, India, and Mexico. He served as co-editor of No Lonesome Road: Selected Prose and Poems of Don West, and wrote the foreword to the 2011 re-issue of Huey Perry's classic, They'll Cut Off Your Project. His award-winning stories have appeared on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and Salon, among many others newspapers, magazines and online journals. He regularly blogs for the Huffington Post. Biggers is a frequent speaker and performer at theatres, festivals, conferences and schools. His play, "4 1/2 Hours: Across the Stones of Fire," won the "Greener Planet Award" at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in New York City, and has appeared on Off Broadway and at theatres around the country.
His work has received numerous honors, including an American Book Award, the David Brower Award for Environmental Reporting, a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, a Plattner Award for Appalachian Literature, the Delta Award for Southern Illinois literature, a Field Foundation Fellowship and an Illinois Arts Council Creative Non-Fiction Award/Fellowship. He serves as a contributing editor to The Bloomsbury Review.
In the 1990s, as part of his work to develop literacy and literary programs in rural communities in the American Southwest, he founded the Northern Arizona Book Festival. In the 1980s, Biggers served as an assistant to former Senator George McGovern in Washington, DC, and as a personal aide to Rev. William Sloane Coffin at the Riverside Church in New York City, where he co-founded the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing.
Biggers earned a B.A. in History/English from Hunter College/CUNY, with additional study at Columbia University, the University of California in Berkeley, and the University of Arizona.
Lectures, Readings & Performances
Jeff Biggers has given lectures, readings and performances at over 100 universities and colleges across the country, from the University of California in Berkeley to the University of Georgia in Athens to Yale University. He has delivered the keynote address at numerous educational, environmental and literary conferences, and has participated in book festivals in 30 states. Jeff Biggers also leads workshops for students and writers on creative writing, narrative nonfiction, environmental writing, clean energy and sustainable development, multicultural education, and art and activism.
He has also appeared on numerous TV and radio programs as a commentator and expert, including the Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC Ed Shultz Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Democracy Now, GRIT TV, Thomas Hartmann Show, National Public Radio, American Public Radio/Marketplace, among others.
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