Allan Peterson is the author of five full length books of poetry: Precarious, (42 Miles Press) a finalist for The Lascaux Prize and chosen as on of the four best books of poetry of 2014 by The Chicago Tribune; Fragile Acts, (McSweeney's Poetry Series), a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Oregon Book Award; As Much As, (Salmon Press, Ireland); All the Lavish in Common, (Juniper Prize, University of Massachusetts); Anonymous Or, (Defined Providence Prize) and eight chapbooks, including Other Than They Seem, Tupelo Press, winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Prize.

His poetry appears in several anthologies: “American Poetry At the End of the Millennium,” “Poetry of the American Apocalypse,” (Green Mountains Review), and in critical essays in Stephen Burt’s “The Poem is You, 60 Contemporary Poets and How to Read Them,” and “Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry,” The Yale Review, and elsewhere. He was selected by Poet Laureate Ted Kooser for his “American Life in Poetry Series” (#159) and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The State of Florida. He was an in-vitee to the Cuisle International Poetry Festival in Limerick, Ireland, and a poetry panelist at the 61st Conference on World Affairs, University of Colorado.

A visual artist as well as a poet, he has taught at The State University of New York, Geneseo; Southern Illinois University, and Pensacola State College where he was chair of the Visual Arts Department and director of the Switzer Center for Visual Arts until retiring in 2005.

Allan Peterson

Allan Peterson

Poet and Visual Artist


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Current as of May 2018

This Luminous, a volume of New & Selected Poems is forthcoming in 2018 from Panhandler Books (University of West Florida) in partnership with the University Press of Florida

In 2020, Salmon Press, Ireland, will publish my seventh book, Precarious. It will be my second book with that distinguished publisher.

An essay on my work is included in The Poem Is You, 60 Contemporary American Poets and How to Read Them, by Stephen Burt (http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674737877)


Other Than They Seem, winner of the Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Prize is available https://www.tupelopress.org/product/other-than-they-seem/

Precarious, 42 Miles Press 2014 a finalist for 2015 Lascaux Prize , available from SPD, Amazon or your independent bookstore 

Fragile Acts, #2, McSweeney's Poetry Series

Finalist for both the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award and the Oregon Book Awards

Reviews of Fragile Acts: Publishers Weekly Review, Tin House, Shelf Awareness Review, Prick of the Spindle Review

Order now through McSweeney's or your local independent bookstore.

As Much As, Salmon Poetry Press, Ireland 2011 cover design Michael Manoogian

All The Lavish In Common, University of Massachusetts 2006, winner 2005 Juniper Prize

Anonymous Or, Defined Providence Press 2002

Stars On A Wire, University of Alabama, Institute for the Book Arts 1989, Sharon Long and Jean Buscher designers 


Other Than They Seem, 2014 Snowbound Prize, Tupelo Press judged by Ruth Ellen Kocher 

Omnivore, Bateau Press, 3rd annual Boom Prize http://bateaupress.org 

Any Given Moment, Right Hand Pointing 2005 http://www.archives.righthandpointing.com/allan_peterson/

Speechless, Interior chapbook, Hurricane Review 2005

Lucky For Us, Interior chapbook, Halftones 1989

Stars On A Wire, Reissue, Right Hand Pointing http://www.archives.righthandpointing.com/starsonawire/

Read Assurances, web chapbook from Right Hand Pointing 2011

Small Charities, #7 University of West Florida Chapbook Series 1994

Recent Appearances in print and online:

The Literary Review, 4 poems

Steel Toe Review, 3 poems

Subtropics, 1 poem

The Moth (Ireland) 

Blackbird: http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v14n1/poetry/peterson_a/index.shtml

Cascadia Review: 5 poems http://cascadiareview.org/category/allan-peterson/

The Nation: poem "Koi" (Feb 9) issue

And: A Public Space, Blue Mesa Review, West Branch, Plume, Red River Review, The Economy, Mississippi Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Believer, The Gettysburg Review, 32 Poems, SAND (Berlin), Cascadia, The Hat/Ladowich


Seattle WA, Elliot Bay Book Co., with Michael Spence

Berkeley CA, Moe’s Books, with Rebecca Lindenberg, Zubair Ahmed

San Francisco CA, The Booksmith, with Dan Chelotti, Victoria Chang

Portland OR, In Other Words Books, with Steve Williams, Constance Hall

New Orleans, Maple Street Bookshop, with Ben Kopel

Pensacola FL, Open Books, with Jamie Jones

Oklahoma City OK, Full Circle BooksPortland, OR, Mountain Writers Series, with Paulann Petersen

Ashland OR, Bloomsbury Books, with John Witte

Boise ID, Ghosts & Projectors Reading Series, with Martin Corless-Smith and Megan Levad

South Bend IN, 42 Miles Press, David Dodd Lee editor

Portland OR, Glyph Cafe and Art Space, with Jesse Nathan, Carl Adamshick, Sarah Bartlett, Hajara Quinn

Portland OR, Mountain Writers Series, Concordia University, with John Brehm

Portland OR, Glyph Cafe & Art Space, with Andrea Hollander

Eugene OR, Windfall Reading Series, with Mel Wells

Fredericksburg VA, Germanna Comminity College

Portland OR, 2013 Wordstock Festival invited author

Boston MA, 2011 Blacksmith House Poetry Series, Cambridge, MA, with poet/critic Stephen Burt.


Even The Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry 2016

The New Binary Press Anthology of Poetry: Vol. 1, Cork, Ireland 2012 http://newbinarypress.com/

American Poetry at the end of the Millennium, Green Mountains Review 1997

Literature of the American Apocalypse, Green Mountains Review 2005

Humor in American Poetry, Green Mountains Review, 2002

"Decomposition" Anthology of Fungus Inspired Poems 2010

"Don't Leave Hungry: Fifty Years of Southern Poetry Review" Anthology 2009

"Close Calls With Nonsense," by Stephen Burt, Graywolf 2009

Guest Poetry Editor:

Crazyhorse 2010; 

Coeditor "Transformation" issue, www.qarrtsiluni.com 2008


"Expecting The Momentous" unpublished manuscript a finalist for 2015 Colorado Poetry Prize

Poem, "Lasting," was a finalist for the national competition of The Southeast Review 2013.

Poem, Ex Libris, won the 2012 Alligator Juniper Prize. A second poem, Wishing, was a finalist.

Listen to reviews of recent books (including mine) by Stephen Burt from the Woodbury Poetry Room

"Mars on Life," first published by The Seventh Quarry (Wales), chosen as the Best Science Fiction Poem published in the UK in 2010 by Hilltop Press

Nic Sebastian reads my poem "Self Knowledge" on Whale Song

The online journal Right Hand Pointing nominated my poem "After Distraction" for Best of the Web 2010

At Length journal online published the entire first section of my manuscript "None Other."

Invited to read at the Cuisle International Poetry Festival, Limerick, Ireland, October 2010

Panelist The 61st Conference on World Affairs, University of Colorado, Boulder 2009


Glyph Cafe and Art Space, Portland, Oregon, September 2014

"The Juror's Invitational," Artel Gallery, Pensacola Florida, 2013

"Drawn to New York," Invitational Exhibition, Lederer Gallery, State University of New York, Geneseo, 2010

"None of the Above: An Assembling," Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, October 2009

"Invitational Pencil & Paper Drawing Exhibition," Loyola University Gallery, New Orleans, LA, 2008

Poetry Prizes:

Alligator Juniper Poetry Prize 2012

American Poet Prize, American Poetry Journal 2009

Omnivore, 3rd Annual Boom Chapbook Prize from Bateau Press 2009 selected as Editor's Chapbook Choice by The Aurorean Review

First Annual Dos Cosas Prize from Words and Images Journal 2009

American Poet Prize from American Poetry Journal 2008

Comstock Review, Muriel Craft Bailey Prize

Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts and The State of Florida

Poetry Published:

Shenandoah; Blackbird; The Paris Review Daily; Denver Quarterly; The Nation; The Believer; The Rumpus The Seventh Quarry (Wales); Revival (Ireland);Tusculum Review; Crazyhorse; Zócalo, Slingshot; decomP; New Millennium; Prime Number; Poets & Artists (Oranges and Sardines); Verdad; Press 1; Epiphany; Cloudbank; Epiphany: Prick of the Spindle; Plume; Riverwind; Salamander; Weary Blues Arts Journal (Ireland);The Furnace Review; Natural Bridge; Disquieting Muse Quarterly; Bolts of Silk (Scotland); Valparaiso Review; The Guidebook.org; Avatar; White Whale Review; 10th Anniversary Issue, Southern Poetry Review, ZYZZYVA; New Binary Press Anthology (Cork, Ireland); Pear Noir!; The Economy Magazine, Redactions, Memorious; American Literary Review; A Public Space; Blue Mesa Review; Cordite (Australia); West Branch; Thrush; Tusculum; Innisfree; Mississippi Review; Berkeley Poetry Review; Blunderbuss; Better; 32 Poems


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