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Jeffrey was born and raised in Iowa, though he’s called Venezuela, Chicago, Costa Rica, and Denver (where he currently resides with his family) home.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology/International Studies and a Master of Arts in English. Jeffrey's first professional job after college was teaching bilingual third graders in Illinois. Upon moving to Denver in 2001, he continued teaching bilingual primary school as well as conversational English to adults in the community. After receiving his graduate degree, he became a full-time instructor in the Department of English at the University of Colorado Denver.
In 2008, Jeffrey transitioned from the classroom to designing curriculum for adult learners. In this capacity, he has co-written and/or edited nearly a dozen curricula (in English & Spanish) and has trained countless mental health professionals, community educators, ministers, social workers and professors in the curricula he helped develop. He has written and spoken on topics such as healthy romantic partner relationships, fatherhood and parenting, and male incarceration.
Jeffrey’s passions include his family, travel, reading and writing, food and drink, music—especially bop-era jazz, and soccer. He lives with his wife Marisol, son, and the family’s faithful dog Scout. He has traveled to 45 of the 50 United States, six of the world’s seven continents (Antarctica, you’re next) and is willing to eat or drink just about any dish or beverage once, which has led to many wonderful meals—and a few good stories.
He enjoys reading and writing poetry and fiction and counts both adults and children as his audiences. And he still believes the world is only ever one day away from being a more just, verdant, and peaceful place.
CREATIVE PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS
The Little Palace*. Chipper Press. 2019
*2019 WINNER BRONZE MEDAL - MOONBEAM CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD (Pre-teen Historical Fiction)
"New Hope/40° 39′ 0′′N, 92° 50′ 24′′ W" (forthcoming in High Plains Register - Fall 2020)
"Stairway to the Stars" in The Wax Paper
"Sleep Study" in Talking Writing
"[People Tend]" in Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal
"Moscow/41° 34′ 30″ N, 91° 4′ 58″ W" in Midwest Review
"Clutier/42° 4′ 44″ N, 92° 24′ 12″ W" in Midwest Review
"Inheritance" in The Remembered Arts Journal
"La Salle Street After Hours" in Chicago Literati