Jeff Biggers

Jeff Biggers has the keenest eye in the business, and he has a fine luminous voice to tell you what he has seen. Biggers manages to write 
like a poet, a historian, a naturalist and an adventurer.”—Luis Urrea, author of The Hummingbird's Daughter

Author of Reckoning at Eagle Creek, The United States of Appalachia and In the Sierra Madre, Jeff Biggers has worked as a writer, educator, and radio correspondent across the United States, Europe, India and Mexico. He served as co-editor of No Lonesome Road: Selected Prose and Poems of Don West. His award-winning stories have appeared on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and Washington Post, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and Salon, among many others newspapers, magazines and online journals. He regularly blogs for the Huffington Post. A frequent speaker and performer at festivals, conferences and educational institutions, Biggers is also a playwright, whose "4 1/2 Hours: Across the Stones of Fire" theatrical production has appeared on Off Broadway and at theatres around the country.

His work has received numerous honors, including an American Book Award, the David Brower Award for Environmental Reporting, a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, a Plattner Award for Appalachian Literature, the Delta Award for Southern Illinois literature, a Field Foundation Fellowship and an Illinois Arts Council Creative Non-Fiction Award/Fellowship. He serves as a contributing editor to The Bloomsbury Review, and is a member of the PEN American Center. In the 1990s, as part of his work to develop literacy and literary programs in rural communities in the American Southwest, he founded the Northern Arizona Book Festival. In the 1980s, Biggers served as an assistant to former Senator George McGovern in Washington, DC, and as a personal aide to Rev. William Sloane Coffin at the Riverside Church in New York City, where he co-founded the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing.

Raised in Illinois and Arizona, he earned a B.A. in History and English at Hunter College in New York City. He also studied at the University of California in Berkeley, Columbia University and the University of Arizona. He presently divides his time between Tucson, Arizona and Illinois.


| May 19, 2014
This just might be the inspiring, riveting and definitive roadmap for clean energy independence—Solar Freakin' Roadways...
Photos credit: Students Against Peabody

| May 2, 2014
Today's action followed a historic 17-day sit-in at the St. Louis campus, where hundreds of...

| April 23, 2014
In an emerging public relations nightmare for Washington University officials, the sit-in against Peabody Energy...

| April 16, 2014
Entering its second week, the inspiring Washington University sit-in against Peabody...
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| April 10, 2014
While Democrats continue to pander to Big Coal contributors and...

| March 28, 2014
Earlier this morning, Rocky Branch supporters were arrested for...

| February 26, 2014
As the national media puts the spotlight on the "FrackGate" public relations scandal in Ohio...
Allan Porter and other Rocky Branch residents line up to speak against the Peabody strip mine proposal. Photo courtesy of Jeff Biggers.

| February 20, 2014
Outnumbering Peabody Energy supporters more than four to one among those willing to make public comments, outraged residents, farmers and former miners...

| February 12, 2014
When besieged residents, already choked by toxic coal dust, face off with Peabody Energy officials on...
The Progress Energy Carolinas' Asheville coal-fired power plant is just one of many coal burning facilities found to be illegally polluting .

| February 4, 2014
A review of federal environmental enforcement records shows that nearly three-quarters of the 1,727 coal mines listed haven't been inspected in the past five years to see...

| January 17, 2014
In the same days an entrepreneur went on federal trial for fraud over an unproven "clean coal" scheme, President Obama's Department of Energy gave a game-changing approval for...

| December 11, 2013
Never has Sen. Rockefeller's leadership on health and safety issues been more needed in the coal mining...

| November 30, 2013
Roselle's arrest outside the governor's mansion is one of the most blatant attacks on freedom of speech and...