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By Dave Jones on April 27, 2020

A NY Times ‘Best Poetry Book’

A Piece of Good News: Poems

Katie Peterson mugshot, black and white

Fourth collection of poetry from Katie Peterson, associate professor of English. Said her publisher:Imbued with a hallucinatory poetic logic where desire, anger and sorrow supplant intelligence and reason, these poems are powerful meditations of mourning, love, doubt, political citizenship and happiness.” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Feb. 26, 2019; paperback Feb. 18, 2020)

Named by The New York Times Book Review as one of the best poetry books of 2019. Said The Times: “Peterson’s prickly, playful book is filled with quasi parables (including a poem called “New Parable”) that often keep an attractive distance from their own sponsoring emotions — attractive in part because when Peterson chooses to narrow that gap, the results are striking.”

Audio: Peterson reads “After the Disaster” and “A Piece of Good News.”

The interiors of motherhood

For Hunger

Margaret Ronda mugshot

A second book of poetry from Margaret Ronda, assistant professor of English, a follow-up to Personification, winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, 2009. For Hunger offers what her publisher describes as “a fierce look at the interiors of motherhood, examining what it means to become a mother and lose a mother.” The publisher continued: “These intimate poems dwell in the drifts, uncanny repetitions, and shocks that characterize the strange temporality of loss.” (Saturnalia, October 2018)

McPherson in Ploughshares

“After Trauma”

Sandra McPherson mugshot

Sandra McPherson, professor emerita of English, contributed the poem “After Trauma” to the spring issue of Ploughshares, an award-winning journal of new writing. It is published quarterly by Emerson College.

She taught creative writing and poetry-as-literature courses at UC Davis for 23 years. Before that, she taught for four years in the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, served as the Holloway Lecturer at UC Berkeley and conducted several years of classes for the Oregon Writers Workshop/Pacific Northwest College of Art. She founded Swan Scythe Press, a poetry chapbook publishing venture, in 1999.

She has published numerous collections; her latest, Quicksilver, Cougars and Quartz, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry Press.