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Jeff Biggers is the American Book Award-winning author of several works of history and memoir, including State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream, selected by Publishers Weekly as a Top Ten Social Science Book in 2012. His stories have appeared on National Public Radio, and in the New York Times, Washington Post,, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and Corriere della Sera (Italy).

Besides State Out of the Union, Biggers' nonfiction works include Reckoning at Eagle Creek, recipient of the Delta Award for Literature and the David Brower Award for Environmental Reporting; In the Sierra Madre, winner of the Foreword Magazine Travel Book of the Year Award; and The United States of Appalachia, praised by the Citizen Times as a "masterpiece of popular history." He also served as co-editor of No Lonesome Road: Selected Prose and Poems of Don West, which won the American Book Award, and wrote the foreword to the re-issue of Huey Perry's classic, They'll Cut Off Your Project.

His work has received numerous honors, including an American Book Award, the David Brower Award for Environmental Reporting, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, Delta Award for Literature, Plattner Award for Appalachian Literature, an Illinois Arts Council Creative Non-Fiction Award, and a Field Foundation Fellowship. He serves as a contributing editor to The Bloomsbury Review. Author and performer of original monologues, his play "Across the Stones of Fire" toured nationally, and won the Greener Planet Award at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in New York City.

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