Jeff Streeby, a Pushcart Prize nominee and a nominee for Sundress Press’ Best of the Net Anthology, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. He is a frequently published mainstream poet, a horseman, and a performance poet, whose recent work has appeared in thirty-two literary journals, including Flashquake, Rattle, Simply Haiku, Naugatuck River Review, Haibun Today, and Contemporary Haibun Online.
Jeff grew up in Sioux City, Iowa, an historic terminal market for western beef, where he worked for Waitt Cattle Company while he attended Morningside College. Later he worked in Florida and Minnesota as a groom and stableman for dressage and A-Circuit hunter-jumper trainers. He has been licensed on Thoroughbred racetracks of Nebraska and Montana as both a groom and assistant trainer. After several years of teaching in El Paso, Texas, and doing a little day work on ranches near Sierra Blanca, Jeff and his family moved to Great Falls, Montana, where he taught English at Great Falls High School. He recently retired from public education in California where he taught English at Perris High School in Perris, California, and at Mt San Jacinto College in Menifee, California. He is now a Senior Lecturer in English at Assumption University of Thailand in Bangkok.
Jeff’s works of cowboy poetry have been published in Western Horseman, Cowboy Gazette, Rope Burns, and Countryline magazines as well as in several journals available on the Web. He is the author of a monograph Ranchin’ (Rainbow in a Tree Books, 1992) and a mixed-form collection Sunday Creek (InCahoots Media, 2013). From 1995 to 1998, he was editor/compiler of the From Texas to Montana series of books published by Dallywelter Press. His work has been included in the anthologies The Big Roundup, a project of Cowboypoetry.com, and in Cowboy Poetry: The Reunion, third in a series of definitive cowboy poetry anthologies published by Gibbs Smith. His performances as a cowboy poet incorporate his expertise as an educator, his love of history, and his passion for the English language. Jeff has also appeared in the PBS series Cowboy Corral and most recently (November 2013) on BYU Radio’s Appleseed program.
Jeff’s next poetry collection, An Atlas of the Interior, is forthcoming from Hyperborea in 2016.