Jeffrey Alfier won the 2014 Kithara Book Prize for his second poetry collection, Idyll for a Vanishing River. His work has appeared recently in Spoon River Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and The MacGuffin. He is the editor of The San Pedro River Review and has published several chapbooks: Strangers Within the Gate, Offloading the Wounded, Before the Troubadour Exits, Bluesman’s Daughter, The Torch Singer, The Gathering Light at San Cataldo and The City Without Her; and a full-length book of poems, The Wolf Yearling. A Southern California resident, Jeffrey is an Air Force veteran and holds an MA in Humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills.
What is your creative process?
My creative process is independent, though I show all my draft poems to my wife, fellow poet Tobi Alfier, who makes fine-tuning suggestions now and again.
What are you reading right now?
I am re-reading poetry by Philip Levine and Seamus Heaney.
What are some of your favorite books of all time?
Two of my favorite books of all time are Richard Hugo’s collected works, Making Certain it Goes On, and Cormac McCarthy’s novel, The Crossing.