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Jeffrey Penn May has won several short fiction awards. His story “The Wells Creek Route” received a Pushcart Prize nomination, and his novel Where the River Splits, an excellent review in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Merging his outdoor interests with his writing, Jeff has published mountain climbing articles, short stories and poems. He has also written education articles and technical writing guides. His work has appeared in the US, UK, and Canada. He wrote and performed a short story for Washington University Radio and was a consultant to a St. Louis theater company. After earning his a B.A. in English and Psychology, a Masters in Secondary Education, and a Writer’s Certificate from the University of Missouri, Jeff worked as a waiter, hotel security officer, credit manager, deck hand, technical data engineer, creative writing instructor, and English teacher. He was the principal of a small alternative school where he organized a fund-raising, climbing expedition and appeared in television and radio spotlights. Born at Fort Ord near Monterey, California, and raised in St. Louis, Jeff comes from a family of all boys and has always been compelled to explore the outdoors, leading to many questionable “vacations.” His adventures include, but are not limited to the following: floated a home-built wood and barrel raft from St. Louis to Memphis, navigated a John boat to New Orleans, drove an old Volkswagen alone 8000 miles around the west, spent a month in a dirt floor shack in west-central Mexico digging for Pre-Colombian artifacts, climbed mountains from Alaska to South America, and spent several days in the Amazon jungle. Jeff teaches writing and fly-fishing and is a cancer survivor.
Amazing story about someone who can walk his steps with strength, humor and kindness. Thanks, Jeff, for showing how some can overcome anything!Published 4 months ago by Chris Collins
Loved the book. Coming from such a positive persprvtive, the story was very Upbeat. It helped me understand what my brother was going through during his battle with terminal lung... Read morePublished 10 months ago by becky kelley
It took courage for Jeff May to turn his tragedy into an upbeat story about how he overcame overpowering problems.Published 12 months ago by Jud Miner CLP
This is the book that you avoid like you hope to avoid the Big "C", but nowadays likely cannot for yourself or loved ones. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ron Shook
A touching, humorous, insightful, and well-written book from the Penn (pun included) of one who has walked those billions of steps and triumphed.Published 19 months ago by Robbie Engel