Jeff Weddle grew up in Prestonsburg, a small town in the hill country of Eastern Kentucky. He has worked as a public library director, disc jockey, newspaper reporter, Tae Kwon Do teacher, and fry cook, among other things. His first book, Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press (University Press of Mississippi, 2007), won the Eudora Welty Prize and helped inspire Wayne Ewing's documentary, The Outsiders of New Orleans: Loujon Press (Wayne Ewing Films, 2007), for which Weddle served as associate producer. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in dozens of venues, including the anthologies Surreal South '13 (Press 53), Mondo Barbie (St. Martin's Press, 1993) and Stovepiper Book One (Stovepiper Books, 1994). Weddle is the author of a poetry collection, Betray the Invisible (OEOCO Press, 2010), a limited-edition, fine press book handcrafted by master book artist Mary Ann Sampson, and a chapbook of Barbie poems, Not Another Blonde Joke (Implosion Press, 1991). With Beth Ashmore and Jill E. Grogg, he is co-author of Negotiation for Librarians (Information Today, 2012). Jeff Weddle is an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama.