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Paulann Petersen served from 2010 – 2014 as Oregon's sixth Poet Laureate. The seventh and current Laureate is Peter Sears. Please see the Oregon Poet Laureate page on this website for links and other information related to the office and its mission.

Paulann Petersen is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University whose poems have appeared in many publications including Poetry, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, and Wilderness Magazine.

Her first full-length collection of poems, The Wild Awake, was published by Confluence Press in 2002. A second, Blood-Silk, poems about Turkey, was published by Quiet Lion Press of Portland in 2004. A Bride of Narrow Escape was published by Cloudbank Books as part of its Northwest Poetry Series in 2006. Kindle was published by Mountains and Rivers Press in 2008. The Voluptuary, was published by Lost Horse Press in 2010. Her latest book, Understory, is also from Lost Horse Press, 2013.

In addition to her full-length books, she has five chapbooks—Under the Sign of a Neon Wolf, The Animal Bride, Fabrication, The Hermaphrodite Flower, and Shimmer & Drone—as well as two collaborations, Dark River of Stars and Alfred Edleman: Urban Compositions. Her work has been selected for the website Poetry Daily and for Poetry in Motion, which puts poems on buses and light rail cars in the Portland metropolitan area.

The recipient of Oregon Literary Arts' 2006 Holbrook Award, Paulann has taught a number of poetry workshops for colleges, libraries, and writers' conferences, including Mountain Writers Series, The Attic Institute, Fishtrap, Oregon Poetry Association, and Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College. She serves on the board for Friends of William Stafford, organizing the annual January William Stafford Birthday Events.

Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen – Oregon Art Beat
Excerpt from Episode 1409.
Paulann Petersen, Oregon's poet laureate, spreads the word
Article by Jeff Baker.
Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen releases new book, Understory (photos)
Photo essay by Randy L. Rasmussen.
Books by Paulann currently available for purchase.
Selected poems from Paulann's books.
Interviews & Articles
Insights into Paulann's philosophy and process.
Public Google Calendar of Paulann's readings, workshops, and other events.
Related sites and interesting links.
Oregon Poet Laureate
More about the office and its mission.
About Paulann
More about Paulann, as well as contact information.
Friends of William Stafford
The official web site for resources, news, and events.
Short Bio Note
53-word bio note, free to use.
Selected photos, free to use with attributions.


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