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Paulann Petersen

Full-Length Books


  • Under the Sign of a Neon Wolf, Confluence Press, 1989
  • The Animal Bride, Trask House Press, 1994
  • Fabrication, 26 Books, 1996
  • The Hermaphrodite Flower, Watzek Library Special Collections, Lewis & Clark College, 2005
  • Shimmer & Drone, Imperfect Press, 2012


  • Alfred Edleman: Urban Compositions, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2011
    • Photography by Alfred Edleman, essay by Kathleen Dean Moore, and poetry by Paulann Petersen.
  • Dark River of Stars, Black Dog Studio, 2012
    • Collaboration of three Northwest artists: Oregon Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen; printmaker, Barbara Mason; and bookbinder, Laurie Weiss.
  • Timeless Flow, Black Dog Studio, 2015
    • Collaboration of three Northwest artists: Oregon Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen; printmaker, Barbara Mason; and bookbinder, Laurie Weiss.


Poems published in many literary magazines, including Poetry; The New Republic; Prairie Schooner; Poetry Northwest; Willow Springs; Notre Dame Review; Calyx; The Grove Review; Bellingham Review; Basalt; Calapooya Collage; Hubbub; CutBank; Sequoia; Weber Studies; Wilderness Magazine; VoiceCatcher; Burnside Review; Oregon English Journal; Windfall; and in many anthologies, including Long Journey, Contemporary Northwest Poets; Beyond Forgetting; A Fierce Brightness; Portland Lights; Deer Drink the Moon; Walking Bridges Using Poetry as a Compass; From Here We Speak, An Anthology of Oregon Poetry; Claiming the Spirit Within; The Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry; O Poetry! Oh Poesia! Poems of Oregon and Peru; Wildsong; Florilegia; and POETRY IN MOTION, which places poems on the Tri-met busses and lightrail cars in the Portland area.

Three appearances on POETRY DAILY,


Outstanding Graduate Student, Southern Oregon University, 1984
Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, Stanford University, 1986-87
Carolyn Kizer Poetry Awards, 1989, 1997
Numerous nominations for a Pushcart Prize
Stewart Holbrook Award for Outstanding Contributions to Oregon's Literary Life, 2006
Finalist, Oregon Book Award in Poetry, 2006
Oregon Poet Laureate, 2010 – 2014
Willamette Writers’ Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, 2013


Wordstock; Milwaukie Poetry Series; Elliott Bay Bookstore; Powell's Bookstore; Mountain Writers Serie;, Silverton Poetry Festival; International Women's Day; Looking Glass Bookstore; Borders Bookstore; Oregon State Poetry Association Fall Keynote Address and Reading; Broadway Book;, Westwind Review Series, Lane Literary Guild; Portland Poetry Festival; KBOO Radio; Rendezvous Reading Series; Santa Barbara Writers' Conference; Rattlesnake Mountain Writers' Workshop; Kepler's Bookstore; KSOR Radio, "Talk Story."

Willamette University; University of Portland; Marylhurst University; Lewis and Clark College; Linfield College; Reed College; Portland State University; Mount Hood Community College; Eastern Oregon University; Clackamas Community College; Oregon Institute of Technology; Peninsula College; Clark College; Lower Columbia College; Stanford University; Osmania University in Hyderabad, India.


Education and Teaching

Attended Pomona College; Southern Oregon University (B.S. and M.S. in Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts- graduating Summa Cum Laude, the Outstanding Graduate Student of 1984); Stanford University (graduate work as a Stegner Fellow in poetry).

In addition to having taught high school English (at West Linn High School, West Linn, Oregon, and at Mazama High School, Klamath Falls, Oregon), has taught a number of poetry workshops for colleges, libraries, and writers' conferences, including The Attic, Fishtrap, Oregon Writers' Workshop (Northwest College of Art, Portland Art Museum), Mountain Writers Series, Oregon State Poetry Association, Silverton Poetry Festival, The Creative Arts Community at Menucha, Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, and the Lifelong Learning Institute at Chemeketa Community College.

Serves on the National Advisory Board of Friends of William Stafford. Visit Friends of William Stafford ( for more information.



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