About Jeff

Jeff Metcalf is an award-winning writer and teacher, as well as the director of a nonprofit aimed to grant underserved populations access to higher education. Metcalf lives in Salt Lake City, Utah where he teaches literature and playwriting in the English Department and in the Honors College at the University of Utah. A recipient of the 2016 Taft-Nicholson Artist-in-Residence Award, 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award University of Utah, the 53rd Utah Arts Council Award for Creative non-fiction (Requiem for the Living, University of Utah Press), the 2008 Career Teaching Award from the University of Utah, the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education, a Fulbright Memorial Scholar Award, the National Council of English Teachers Award, the Lifetime Advocacy Award from Writers @ Work, grants from both the Utah Humanities Council and the Utah Arts Council and numerous other teaching awards. His most recent work, Hope, Heart and the Humanities, a collaboration with four other professors, will be released in November by the University of Utah Press.


Metcalf’s play, ‘A Slight Discomfort,’ about his own prostate cancer, has been continuously performed since its world premiere at the Salt Lake Acting Company in October of 2008. ‘A Slight Discomfort’ has been broadcast on National Public Radio, Radio West, and performed in Croatia, Spain, Italy, Turkey and in fifteen states. He is hard at work on a series of fly-fishing essays as well as a book on social justice in education. When he is not writing, Metcalf can be found fly-fishing the great trout waters of the West.

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2019 Cathedral de Madeleine Award for the Arts

2017 National Society of Leadership Excellence in Teaching Award 
2017 Surel's Place Artist-in-Residence Award
2016 Taft-Nicholson Artist-in-Residence Award
2015 National Endowment for the Humanities (Clemente/Venture Program) White House Award (in conjunction with Utah Humanities)
2015 SLC Mayor’s Award for Literature
2014 Distinguished Teaching Award
2012 Utah Arts Council Literary Award 1st Place Essay
2011 Literary Award 1st Place Full-Length Collection Creative Non-fiction
2009 Early Career Teaching Award
2003 Writers @ Work Award for Excellence
2002 Jordan Education Association Outstanding Award
2001 Sandy Rotary Club Outstanding Educator Award
2001 Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship (Japan)
1997 Writers @ Work Lifetime Achievement Award
1996 Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education
1996 Utah State Board of Education Award for Excellence
1996 Jordan District Award for Excellence in Teaching
1995 NCTE/UCTE Outstanding Educator Award



Out of Print




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Requiem for the Living

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Hope, Heart, & the Humanities











the living

Hope, heart, and the humanities

©2019 Jeff Metcalf