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Bewildering Stories

Jeffrey Penn May

Bewildering Stories biography

After earning a B.A. in English and Psychology, a Masters in Secondary English, and a Writer’s Certificate from the University of Missouri, I worked as a waiter, hotel security officer, credit manager, towboat deckhand, technical data engineer, English teacher, and creative writing instructor. I was the principal of a small alternative school where I organized a fund-raising climbing expedition and appeared in television and radio spotlights.

I’ve won several short-fiction awards, including one from Writer’s Digest. My story “The Wells Creek Route” received a Pushcart Prize nomination, and my novel Where the River Splits, an excellent review in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Merging outdoor interests with writing, I have published mountain-climbing articles, short stories, and poems. My work has appeared in diverse publications such as The Written Word, The Rambler, Untamed Ink, Great Expeditions, Summit, and various others in the U.S., UK, and Canada. I wrote and performed a short story for Washington University Radio and was a consultant to a St. Louis theatre company.

Born at Fort Ord near Monterey, California, and raised in St. Louis, I come from a family of all boys and have always been compelled to explore the outdoors, leading to many questionable “vacations,” for example, floating a home-built wood and barrel raft from St. Louis to Memphis, navigating a John boat to New Orleans, driving an old Volkswagen alone 8,000 miles around the west, living in a dirt floor shack in west-central Mexico while digging for pre-Columbian artifacts, climbing mountains from Alaska to South America, and spending several days in the Amazon jungle.

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Bewildering Stories bibliography

Prose Fiction
Nuclear Power and the Civil War Lizards

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