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The Poetry Break: Jeff Mann


Raised in Covington, Virginia, and Hinton West Virginia, Jeff Mann is an author of novels, essays, short fiction, a memoir, and poems. 

A significant portion of his work examines the LGBTQ experience, especially as witnessed in Appalachia. He’s won many awards for his work including a Rainbow Award for Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War, as well as the John Preston Short Fiction Award and many others. 

Mann is currently associate professor in creative writing at Virginia Tech.

“There was a vividness of the language, concreteness of detail, lyrical, darkly erotic and compelling poems,” Harshman said of Mann's poetry.

Found here with permission from Rebel Satori Press, two poems from Ash: Poems from Norse Mythology, and with permission from Gival Press, two poems from On the Tongue.

  • "Before the Norns"
  • "Alba"
  • "Dove"
  • "Ashes"

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