February 13th, 2014: Katie Peterson

Please join us for a reading and a workshop on manuscript practice by renowned poet and critic Katie Peterson. Peterson will read from work in progress, discuss her two recent books, Permission and The Accounts, and consider manuscript practice–her manuscripts, Emily Dickinson’s manuscripts, and the status of manuscripts in the craft and practice of poetry. Peterson’s workshop will be held in the Alice Kaplan Humanities Institute Seminar Room, from 12:00-1:50pm, February 13th 2014.

Katie Peterson is the author of two new collections of poetry, Permission (New Issues, September 9 2013) and The Accounts (University of Chicago, September 24, 2013). Her first book, This One Tree, was selected by William Olsen for the New Issues Poetry Prize and published in 2006. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, and teaches at Tufts University. She has reviewed poetry for the Chicago Tribune, the New Orleans Review, and the Boston Review. Her most recent essay on contemporary poetry, “New Nature,” was published in the Boston Review this spring and featured on the website Poetry Daily. A new poem, “Filibuster to Delay the Spring,” just received the 2013 Stanley Kunitz Award from the American Poetry Review, and will appear on the back page of the September / October issue.

She is the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Summer Literary Seminars and Yaddo. Her poem “Translations” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005. That poem appears in Permission.

Peterson earned a B.A. at Stanford University and a doctorate in English and American Literature and Language at Harvard, where her dissertation on Emily Dickinson won the Howard Mumford Jones Prize. She has taught at Deep Springs College and Bennington College. In the summer of 2013, she co-taught the Summer Seminar at Deep Springs College, “Ethics, Aesthetics, and Community.” She was born in California.

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