Jeffrey Colvin served in the United States Marine Corps, and has worked as an advertising analyst, congressional aide, and nonprofit manager. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and  Columbia University from which he received an MFA in fiction.

An excerpt of his novel-in-progress appeared in Narrative magazine, and other fiction has appeared in Hot Metal Bridge, Prick of the Spindle, Word Riot, and Painted Bride Quarterly. His reviews and essays have appeared in Narrative, Rain Taxi Review of Books, The Millions, and The Brooklyn Rail.

He has received grants and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Colgate University, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Norman Mailer Center, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. 

He is an assistant editor at Narrative magazine and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.  This past summer he was a Paul Cuffee Scholar at the Cuttyhunk Writers Residency. His novel, Africaville, is forthcoming from Amistad/HarperCollins USA. The novel will also be published in Canada.