Peggy Shumaker

Fairbanks, AK 99701-4674

Author's Bio

Peggy Shumaker is Alaska State Writer Laureate. Her most recent book of poems is Gnawed Bones. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. She's at work on Genesis, Quetzal, a book of poems set in Costa Rica. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is founding editor of Boreal Books, publishers of fine art and literature from Alaska. She edits the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press.

Publications and Prizes

(Red Hen Press, 2005)
, Gnawed Bones
(Red Hen Press, 2010)
, The Circle of Totems
(University of Pittsburgh Press, 1988)
, Underground Rivers
(Red Hen Press, 2002)
, Wings Moist From the Other World
(University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994)
Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction
(Norton, 2005)
Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, Ascent, Crazyhorse, Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner
Prizes Won: 
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Poetry

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Double Moon by Margo Klass and Frank Soos
Leaving Resurrection by Eva Saulitis
Steam Laundry by Nicole Stellon O'Donnell
Missing Lucile by Susanne Berne
The City Beneath The Snow by Marjorie Kowalski Cole

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
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Born in: 
La Mesa
Raised in: 
Tucson, AZ
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Last updated: Oct 03, 2011