Updated: July 10, 2012 11:35AM
Jeff Manes hired in the steel mills of East Chicago in 1977 at the age of 20. He began to write in January 2000. After a quarter-century, Jeff lost
his job in the mill. Since the millennium, he has seen his fiction, poetry and essays published across the country in literary magazines of every ilk - from communist to Christian. He has read his work throughout the United States and in 2002, was named “Adult Learner of the Year” by the Association of Joint Labor/Management in New York City.
Today, the former welder makes his living with words. With both muscle and heart, Jeff writes Salt, a syndicated weekly human interest column about the people of Northwest Indiana. To date, he has penned more than 400 columns and has been urged to make a book of them.
Born in Kankakee, Ill., and raised in Sumava Resorts and Lake Village, Manes has lived near the Kankakee River most of his life. He is currently in the process of writing a script for a documentary about the rich history of the Grand Kankakee Marsh.
Jeff is an agnostic socialist who has never been nominated for any journalistic awards. He is particularly grateful the Post-Tribune includes photographs of its columnists, lest readers mistake him for canine columnist Ollie.