About Jerry D Mathes

I am a writer. I am a filmmaker. I am an artist. I am a dad. I am a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar. I was named the Outstanding Humanities Graduate at Lewis-Clark State College and the Outstanding Graduate Writer at East Carolina University. I have been a Helicopter Rappeller and fought wildfire for too long. I have worked as a martial arts instructor, an armor crewman, a construction worker, hotel auditor, car salesman, repo-man, delivery guy, cable guy, went logging, worked in forestry, crewed on several types of fishing vessels, and even haunted the oil fields as a minion of Mordor.
I taught writing at the University of Idaho and at Stephen F. Austin State and in various workshops around the world including the Southernmost Writers Workshop in the World at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica during the 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 Austral summer seasons.
My poems, essays and short stories have been published or forthcoming in journals such as The Southern Review, Shenandoah, The Dos Passos Review, and Narrative. Among my writing awards, I have received Special Mention for Fiction in The Pushcart Prize XXXI, XXXIV and XXXV along with several other nominations, had an essay listed as notable in Best American Essays, a story listed as notable in Best of the West, first place in The Baltimore Review nonfiction competition, editor’s choice in Mid-American Review nonfiction contest, and first place in the Rebel 49 nonfiction contest. Talking River Press published my chapbook, Twelve Lovers, Lost and Found in April 2004, and Finishing Line Press released my chapbook, Fall in the Borderland, in September 2008.
I’m the author of The Journal West: Poems, and the memoir, Ahead of the Flaming Front, about my experiences fighting wildfires. My essay collection is Fever and Guts: A Symphony.
I love my two daughters very much. Read Fever and Guts: A Symphony if you don’t believe me.


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