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Jeff R Worley, Editor, Odyssey

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Jeff Worley is the editor of Odyssey Magazine, the University of Kentucky magazine on research and scholarship. The magazine has won state, regional and national awards in the past 20 years, and for his science and medical writing, Worley has won awards of excellence from several university and business organizations, including the International Association of Business Communicators and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

He is also the author of three book-length collections of poetry: The Only Time There Is (Mid-List Press, 1995), which won Mid-List’s yearly national first-book competition, A Simple Human Motion (Larkspur Press, 2000), and Happy Hour at the Two Keys Tavern, (Mid-List Press, 2006). Two Keys Tavern was named co-winner in the Society of Midland Authors Literary Competition, won 2006 Kentucky Book of the Year in Poetry (judged) by the Southern Kentucky Book Fest, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Worley has received three Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. He was also the featured author in April 2006 on the Kentucky Educational Television’s long-running program “Book Club.” His poems have appeared in nearly 400 literary magazines and journals, including College English, The Threepenny Review, Poetry Northwest, Black Warrior Review, Chicago Review, The Georgia Review, Harvard Review, New England Review, Shenandoah, DoubleTake, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, and in the anthology Writing Poems (Pearson, Longman, 6th ed.).

Worley was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, and was the second graduate, in 1975, of the Wichita State University MFA creative writing program. He has worked as an offset pressman, cab driver, folk singer, and university professor. He lives with his wife, Linda, a German professor at the University of Kentucky, and six [!] cats. His interests and hobbies include reading widely, traveling to warm places, snorkeling, and playing folk-blues guitar.


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