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Molly Peacock  

Acclaimed Poet, Performer, & Writer

Author of six volumes of poetry, including The Second Blush and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems, Molly Peacock has been widely anthologized. Her poems appear in The Best of the Best American Poetry and The Oxford Book of American Poetry. She is former president of the Poetry Society of America, and was a co-creator of the Poetry in Motion program in New York City’s public transportation. She co-edited the anthology Poetry in Motion: 100 Poems from the Subways and Buses.

Peacock is also the author of a memoir, Paradise, Piece by Piece, where she explains her choice not to have children, and the loneliness women often feel in dealing with the social pressures concerning motherhood. Her other prose books include How to Read a Poem…and Start a Poetry Circle. She is the editor of a collection of essays, The Private I: Privacy in a Public World. Her essay “Passion Flowers in Winter” appears in The Best American Essays, 2007. Other essays have appeared in Elle, House & Garden, Creative Nonfiction, New York Magazine, and O the Oprah Magazine. A biography entitled The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delaney Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 was published in 2010 in Canada (McClelland and Stewart) and in Australia (Scribe); and in the US in 2011 under the title The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 (BloomsburyUSA). The book is at once a biography of an extraordinary eighteenth-century woman and a fascinating meditation on late-life creativity.

Peacock also wrote and performed in a one-woman show in poems, The Shimmering Verge, which presents her life as a poet. The show toured the US and Canada, including off Broadway. The New York Times described it as “stunning memory pieces…[with] animated, sometimes comical delivery.”

Among her honors are fellowships from the Danforth, Ingram Merrill, and Woodrow Wilson Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and other leading literary journals. She held a Fellowship from the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center to write about eighteenth-century flower collage artist Mary Delany. Peacock has been a writer-in-residence and teacher at numerous universities, and currently serves on the graduate faculty of the Spalding University Brief Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing.

She received a BA magna cum laude from SUNY Binghamton and an M.A. with honors from The Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University. Born in Buffalo Peacock is also a citizen of Canada, where she resides with her husband. In Canada she is the series editor for The Best Canadian Poetry in English, and the Poetry Editor of the Literary Review of Canada.


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