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Paulann Petersen served from 2010 – 2014 as Oregon's sixth Poet Laureate. 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 (2002), was published by Confluence Press. The second, Blood-Silk (2004), poems about Turkey, was published by Quiet Lion Press of Portland. A Bride of Narrow Escape (2006) was published by Cloudbank Books as part of its Northwest Poetry Series. Kindle (2008) was published by Mountains and Rivers Press. The Voluptuary (2010) and Understory (2013) were published by Lost Horse Press. Her latest book is One Small Sun (2019) from Salmon Poetry of Ireland.

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 three collaborations: Dark River of Stars; Alfred Edleman: Urban Compositions; and Timeless Flow. 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 and Willamette Writers’ 2013 Distinguished Northwest Writer 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 National Advisory Board for Friends of William Stafford.

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
75-word bio note, free to use
Selected photos, free to use with attributions


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