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.


| March 18, 2015
"The situation here could not be more urgent. Under West Virginia's program, we've seen once-vibrant streams...

| March 16, 2015
"Our politicians and all government agencies need to stop running from the truth that we are forced to live and...

| March 14, 2015
A reinvigorated "People's Foot" movement to end mountaintop removal is ramping up its efforts next week, as...

| March 5, 2015
Seeing how central Appalachian citizens have spent decades committed to building a citizens movement and...

| September 24, 2014
After traveling to coal mining communities around the U.S. and the world, I have learned that my own private reckoning with coal in the great Shawnee forests surrounding Eagle Creek...

| September 15, 2014
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| August 26, 2014
"I feel the Attorney General has abandoned us by dragging her feet and letting Peabody destroy a community...

| August 22, 2014
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| May 19, 2014
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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...