Whether writing about childhood, the vicissitudes of marriage, or the dangers inherent in everyday life, Jeff Worley builds his poems with unique and telling details. The effect is a presentation of experience that is enriching, that resonates, that is intensely memorable.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, Worley enrolled at Wichita State University in 1965. "Because I changed majors seven times as an undergraduate (finally settling on an English major), and because I wanted to retain my II-S draft status and so took only 7-8 credit hours some semesters, it took me 5 1/2 years to complete my B.A.," he says.
In 1972, Wichita State University initiated a Master's of Fine Arts program in creative writing. Worley was accepted into the program and became the second M.F.A. graduate of the program in 1975.
Worley is the editor of Odyssey Magazine, published by the University of Kentucky. He has published his poetry in numerous periodicals and is the author of two chapbooks : Natural Selections (with Lance Olsen; Still Waters Press, 1993) and The Other Heart (Devil's Millhopper Press, 1991). His collection of poems, A Simple Human Motion, was published in a limited, letterpress edition by Larkspur Press in 2000.
Worley recently won Atlanta Review's 2002 International Poetry Competition. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife Linda and their "four or five cats."