Jeffrey Spahr-Summers started writing poetry over 30 years ago while living in South Africa. Jeff is a photographer and the editor/publisher of The Poetry Victims. He is a former Chicago stage poet, founder of The Chicago Poetry Agenda and a former active board member of The Tulsa Arts and Humanities Literary Arts Council. A former member of The Greater Dallas Community of Writers, Jeff has conducted and participated in numerous poetry workshops and feature readings in the U.S.A.
Jeff’s poetry has appeared in; Hammers, Strong Coffee, The Newsletter Inago (featured Poet of the Month) , The San Fernando Poetry Journal, Letter X, Erie, The Dallas Review, Scenezines, Voices Israel Anthology, Ebb & Flow, The Other Voices International Project, The Poetry Victims, Lily Literary Review (with an interview) , The Coffee Press Journal, Black Medina, Poetry Super Highway (Poet of the Week [2004,2005,2006,2007]) , Poems for You, Unlikely Stories, The Argonaut’s Boat, Blinkzine Arts Magazine, Colorado Poets Center, Haggard and Haloo, Poet Express, Interpoetry, CyberMuse, Red Fez Publications, Liquid Muse and Ygdrasil. He is in 5 anthologies; American Poetry Anthology (1982) , Chicago Saloon Poets (1992) , Step Into The Light (1992) , and Voices Israel Anthology (2005 & 2007) .
Jeff is the author of two books of poetry; Fear of Heights (1984 [Spahr-Summers Publications]) and The Cherry Poems (2006 [Cherry Publications/Lulu]) .
He lives in Longmont, Colorado, and works in an historic hotel in downtown Boulder, Colorado.
Biggest influences; William Shakespeare, Salvador Dali, Robert Frost, Erica Jong, Carolyn Forche, Diane Arbus, Leonardo Da Vinci, Gwendolyn Brooks, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Ansel Adams, Galileo Galilei, Linda McCartney, Thomas Edison, Raymond Carver, Nikola Tesla, Anne Sexton, Dorothy Parker, Joseph Campbell, Aristotle, Nostradamus, Imogen Cunningham, Stephen Biko, Zdzinslaw Beksinski, Crazy Horse, Isaac Newton, Henri Matisse, R. Buckminster Fuller, Geronimo, W.S. Merwin, J.R.R. Tolkein, Claude Monet, Dennis Brutus, Mahatma Gandi, Matthew Brady, Edgar Allan Poe, Peter Meinke, Eric Clapton, Mortimer J. Adler, ee cummings, Shaka, John Irving, John Keats, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Vincent Van Gogh, Jim Morrison, Rudyard Kipling, Christo and The Beatles.