Jeff Albers

part library and part laboratory


Jeff Albers was born in Long Beach, CA, and exhibits what researchers have termed “California bias.” He received his B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from California State University, Fullerton; his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University; and his Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He has served as Prose Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review, Associate Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast, and has received fellowships and grants from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the ASU Graduate College, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.

His short fiction, nonfiction, and humor/satire have appeared in print and online at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The American Bystander, The Open Bar at Tin House, The Rumpus, neutrons/protons, Gulf Coast, The Guardian, and he tweets at @jeffralbers.

listening room

Listening Room
Sycamore Review, 2018
*Runner-up, 2018 Wabash Prize in Nonfiction

“A thoughtful and intimately layered consideration of attention and memory-making in the digital-preservation era, ‘Listening Room’ is eloquently executed in its attempt to locate and parse aesthetic context, as well as the impingement of it, both personally as a consumer and as part of the crowd. Sharp, sensible, heartfelt, intuitive, in tune to how the world continues turning.” ―Blake Butler, judge


mindfulness bystander

Mindfulness for Beginners
The American Bystander #6, 2017


my appearance colbert

My Appearance
Notre Dame Review 44, 2017
*Pushcart Prize Special Mention


simon and mr garfunkel

Simon & Mr. Garfunkel
Tin House, 2015
*Reprinted in The Guardian


no two people rumpus

No Two People
The Rumpus, 2015


mcsweeneys author page

McSweeney's Author Page

ed. note: I keep a notebook to collect items of interest and inspiration derived from my reading & listening. Below are curated collections by year.

Scribbledehobble—a 2022 reading journal

Scribbledehobble—a 2021 reading journal

Scribbledehobble—a 2020 reading journal