Jeffrey Bean

Michigan, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

Jeffrey Bean was raised in Bloomington, Indiana. Currently, he lives with his wife Jessica and daughter Olivia in Mount Pleasant, MI, where he is professor of English/Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. He is author of two chapbooks and the poetry collections Diminished Fifth (WordTech) and Woman Putting on Pearls (Red Mountain Press), winner of the 2016 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry. His poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, in the 2014 and 2016 New Poetry from the Midwest anthologies, and in the anthology Good Poems, American Places. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, Verse Daily, The Antioch Review, The Missouri Review, Rattle, and Willow Springs, among other journals.  


Twitter Username: @JeffreyBeanPoet


  • Woman Putting on Pearls , Red Mountain Press (2017)
  • The Voyeur's Litany , Anabiosis Press (2016)
  • Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window , Southeast Missouri State University Press (2014)
  • Diminished Fifth , David Robert Books (Word Tech) (2009)


  • Red Mountain Poetry Prize(2016)
  • Vern Cowles/Copperdome Poetry Chapbook Prize(2013)
  • CMU Excellence in Teaching Award(2011)
  • Axton Fellowship in Poetry(2006)
  • First Prize for Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest(2005)
  • AWP Intro Journals Project Award (Poetry) (2005)


  • Professor of English/Creative Writing at Central Michigan University (August 2016 - )
  • Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Central Michigan University (August 2012 - August 2016)
  • Axton Fellow in Poetry at University of Louisville (August 2006 - May 2008)


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Poetry from University of Alabama (May 2006)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oberlin College (May 2000)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry