Jeff Oaks

Jeff Oaks’ most recent chapbook, Mistakes with Strangers, was published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2014. A recipient of three Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowships, Jeff Oaks has published poems in a number of literary magazines, most recently in Barrow Street, Field, Nimrod, Superstition Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. His essays have appeared in At Length, Creative Nonfiction, Kenyon Review Online, and in the anthologies Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction, and My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them. He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.


Water by Jeff Oaks

    Water we cross over. Water we forget. Water we throw on fire without regret. Water we step into. Water we skip stones over. Water we make steam. Water hard as salt. Water slipping blades between slabs of sandstone, shale, and slate. Water you are made of, mother. Water […]


The Visit by Jeff Oaks

    The oxygen machine trembles, clicks, hisses. Through clear green tubes running into the bedroom, up to her face. I hope she’s fallen back to sleep without me there snoring in her old bed while she’s nearby in the new hospital one that raises and lowers. To leave her […]


The Shit by Jeff Oaks

  “I called because of the tornados. I was worried about your power cutting out and you unable to breathe.” Everything’s fine, my mother says. Except I shat myself today. I can’t believe it. “Well, if a tornado were screaming toward me I’d shit myself too.” Which makes her laugh […]