With the way that he combines literature, music, poetry, live performance and a Gonzo journalism lust for truth, writer and musician Eric Kiefer can only be described with three words… blue collar troubadour.

His debut novel “The Soft Exile,” inspired by his experience as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia, was named as one of the “Books We Loved in 2012” by the East Bay Express.

His journalism has earned multiple New Jersey Press Association awards and a New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists award.

Kiefer’s musical discography includes his debut album, “The Spectre and the Dozer,” as well as the zombie concept album, “The New Zeitgeist: Songs From The Zombie Apocalypse” and its accompanying e-book, “The New Zeitgeist: A Tale From The Zombie Apocalypse.”

Kiefer’s additional projects include his poetry/music mashup, “Spoken Word For The Doomed.”

His non-writing work life has been equally odd and worldly, and has been peppered with blue-collar experiences that have had a huge influence on his creative endeavors. Kiefer has spent time as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia, a state-certified reader of GED tests in Atlanta, an ESL instructor in California, a waiter at four IHOPs in two states and a Christmas Elf in a New Jersey mall. In addition, he’s been a supermarket checkout clerk, a highway road flagger, a kennel attendant, a deli clerk, a gas station attendant and a tour guide at the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory.

“I try to remember that the world needs storytellers,” Kiefer says, “and that there are some weird, sad and beautiful stories to tell.”



“The New Zeitgeist” review in Zombie Guide Magazine


THE SOFT EXILE and Life in the Peace Corps, an Interview with The South Bergenite


THE SOFT EXILE makes East Bay Express’ “Books We Loved In 2012” List


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