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About the Artist

Jeff Bender is an alum of Columbia’s School of the Arts, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. His work has appeared in Guernica, First Person Arts, and The Monarch Review, and has earned honors from Glimmer Train, The L magazine, The Page International Screenwriting Awards, the Austin Film Festival, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. In 2012 he completed his first novel and his short story The Guard won Richard Hugo House’s New Works Competition. He teaches at Richard Hugo House and Antioch University and is on the Roster of Teaching Artists for Washington State. He lives in Bellingham, WA, with his fiancée Catharine.

Jeff received a 2012 GAP to complete two new short stories. Funding will help continue a writing schedule through the summer months when the author’s three part-time teaching jobs are not in session. His first fiction novel, The Weight, centers on men (ex-athletes, mostly) coming to terms with the limitations of their bodies. Funding would additionally assist in his summer plans to get two short stories toward magazine publication.

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