Jim Peterson

Fiction Writer, Poet

Lynchburg, VA 24503-4411
(434) 229-5823

Author's Bio

Jim Peterson has published four full-length collections of poetry—The Man Who Grew Silent (The Bench Press 1989), An Afternoon With K (Holocene Press 1996), The Owning Stone (Red Hen Press 2000, 2012), and the Bob and Weave (Red Hen Press 2006)—and three chapbooks: Carvings On a Prayer Tree (Holocene 1994), Greatest Hits 1984-2000 (Pudding House 2000, 2003), and The Resolution of Eve (Finishing Line Press 2011). His novel, Paper Crown, was published in 2005 by Red Hen. His poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Cave Wall, South Dakota Review, Southern Poetry Review, etc. He is on the faculty of the University of Nebraska MFA Program in Creative Writing, and he is Coordinator of Creative Writing/Writer in Residence at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia where he lives with his wife Harriet and their charismatic Welsh Corgi, Mamakilya.

Publications & Prizes


Paper Crown (Red Hen Press, 2005)


the Bob and Weave (Red Hen Press, 2006)
The Owning Stone (Red Hen Press, 2000)
An Afternoon with K (Holocene Press, 1996)
The Man Who Grew Silent (Bench Press, 1989)
Greatest Hits 1984-2000 (Pudding House Publications, 2014)
The Resolution of Eve (Finishing Line Press, 2011)
Carvings On a Prayer Tree (Holocene Press, 1994)
Prizes won: 

Poetry Fellowship from The Virginia Commission for the Arts, 2002-2003;
The Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, for The Owning Stone, Red Hen Press, Sp 2000;
The Writer’s Voice Award for Best New Play, Venture Theater, for Beholder, Sp 2000;
The Palmetto Award for the best book of poetry by a South Carolinian, 1990;
Winner of EMRYS Journal’’s Room of One's Own Poetry Competition, 1987;
The Academy of American Poets Award at the University of South Carolina, 1976

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North Augusta, SC
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Last update: Jul 04, 2012