Who is this Jeff Smieding?

Jeff Smieding is a writer, and a rocker, and a roller!  Over the years, he has been heavily involved in the Twin Cities’ live performance scene, from playing bass in local bands Kentucky Gag Order and Belles Of Skin City, to reading original literature with The Lit 6 Project, Electric Arc Radio, Talking Image Connections, and the Riot Act Reading Series. In that time, Smieding also managed to garner for himself a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Hamline University, in Saint Paul, MN, to go along with his BA in English from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

His debut novel, The Salt Machine, is a dark fantasy fairy tale in the style of the Brothers Grimm, published by Red Sofa Books.

Feel free to dig around the site: you can read snippets from the book, and old performance pieces, see some photos, and maybe even rock out to an audio file or two.

(photo by Greg Schaal)