1040 N Guillemard St
Pensacola, FL 32501
Open Books is honored to host world-renown poet Allan Peterson for the first time. Peterson, a retired professor and author of numerous works, will read selected poems from his vast repertoire of literature. He will be joined by the Poet Laureate of West Florida, Jamey Jones for what promises to be an unforgettable night of poetry at Open Books.
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Allan Peterson is a poet and visual artist whose work has appeared in print and online in national and international journals for many years. He is the author of five full length books: Precarious, (42 Miles Press); Fragile Acts, (McSweeney’s Poetry… Series), a finalist for both the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award and the Oregon Book Award; As Much As, (Salmon Press, Ireland); All the Lavish in Common, (2005 Juniper Prize, University of Massachusetts); Anonymous Or, (Defined Providence Prize 2002), and seven chapbooks, including Other Than They Seem, (Tupelo Press, winner of the 2014 Snowbound Chapbook Prize).
His work was selected by Poet Laureate Ted Kooser for his American Life in Poetry Series (#159) and appears in several anthologies: “American Poetry At the End of the Millennium,” “Poetry of the American Apocalypse,” (Green Mountains Review), “Don’t Leave Hungry: 50 Years of the Southern Poetry 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.” He has received prizes from: Alligator Juniper, Arts & Letters, GSU Review, the American Poet Prize, Comstock Review and others, plus fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The State of Florida. In 2010 he was invited to read at the Cuisle (cush-la) International Poetry Festival in Limerick, Ireland, and was a poetry panelist at the 61st Conference on World Affairs, University of Colorado.
He has taught (art) 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. He continues to be active in both fields and divides his time between Gulf Breeze, Florida and Ashland, Oregon. His website is: www.allanpeterson.net and can be reached at email@example.com
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