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Jeffrey Penn May

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Jeff has won several short fiction awards and his work has appeared in the US, UK, and Canada. His narrative nonfiction story “The Wells Creek Route” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his novel Where the River Splits was praised in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and on St. Louis KMOX radio.

His most recent work, Eight Billion Steps: My Impossible Quest For Cancer Comedy is about (as may seem obvious) finding humor in cancer. After Jeff was diagnosed with an extremely large and rare salivary gland tumor on the back of his tongue, throat and jaw, he and his wife began their fun-filled search for treatment. Eight Billion Steps is Jeff’s life-affirming odyssey, told with honesty and humor, interspersed with moments of terror. And includes pra
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Where the River Splits

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No Teacher Left Standing

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Finding Your Fiction: Conci...

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Roobala Take Me Home

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Oh! upon the day when antique words, make more sense than today’s tweets. Oh! upon the day when comics do, bequeath more truth than heads of state. Oh! upon the day when presidents, say more lies than Ponzi Madoff and Hitler too. Oh! shit we’re screwed. Share on Facebook
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