Associate Editor for Poetry & Prose
OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L)
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 whose work has appeared in over 40 literary journals in the US, the UK, Ireland, and Asia, including Contemporary Haibun Online, Haibun Today, Naugatuck River Review, Rattle, and Whiskey Island (see current publications under "Recently Published Work"). His haibun “El Paso: July” was selected by Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015 from Queen’s Ferry Press.
He is a writing consultant for second-language academic writers working in English. He has over 30 years experience as a teacher of English language and literature at secondary and university levels.
Jeff Streeby 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 race tracks of Nebraska and Montana as both a groom and assistant trainer. After several years of teaching in El Paso, Texas, doing some daywork on ranches near Sierra Blanca, and boarding horses at his farm in New Mexico, Jeff and his family moved to Great Falls, Montana, where he taught English at Great Falls High School. He 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 then spent three years teaching Business English in the Faculty of Arts at Assumption University of Thailand in Bangkok. He currently resides in Michigan and serves as Associate Editor for Poetry and Prose at OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters.
Jeff's works of cowboy poetry have been published in Western Horseman, Cowboy Gazette, Rope Burns and Countryline magazines as well as on several journals available on the Web. In addition to his frequent publication in mainstream literary journals, his works have 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. You can read more of his poetry at http://www.cowboypoetry.com/jst.htm
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 Public Television (PBS) Series Cowboy Corral and in November 2013, on BYU Radio's Appleseed program.