Jeff Metcalf wins the Salt Lake City Mayor's Artist Award for Literary Arts

The award will be presented at the 2015 Utah Arts Festival. Metcalf's Memoir Requiem for the Living was published in 2014 by the University of Utah Press.

"What was I thinking?"

Requiem for the Living grew out of a personal challenge after years of battling cancer and defeating prognoses. Metcalf says of the process, "The idea of writing a memoir had been on the back of my mind for a number of personal reasons.  It was sort of like cleaning out the garage and it was a matter of rolling up my sleeves and getting to work.  I set aside the task of writing an essay every week for an entire year.  I will never make such a compact again.  What was I thinking?"

The memoir has been met with rave reviews. Ron Carlson, author of A Kind of Flying, says, “This is a truly unusual book! What Jeff Metcalf has accomplished in his collection of essays is to write an intimate and frank book about a life well lived. It is a dear and personal book that increases the supply of affection in the world and adds mightily to our shared kindness. Requiem for the Living is a memoir with a unique wavelength—it should be on everyone’s night stand.” 

Jeff went on KUER's Radio West to discuss writing the book. You can listen to that show here.

Metcalf has previously produced a one-man show based on his experience undergoing treatment for cancer, called A Slight Discomfort. More information about the play and Requiem for the Living can be found here.