Michael Peterson

Michael Christopher Peterson

Asst Professor - Research

Professional Summary

Michael C. Peterson curently serves as the Curator of the George Elliston Poetry Room and Archive, located in Langsam Library on the Uptown Campus. He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Vermont Studio Center, the Kenyon Summer Writer's Institute, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His poems have appeared in journals such as the Boston Review Online, Kenyon Review Online, Southern Review, Blackbird, Fence, Bat City Review, Laurel Review, american letters & commentary, New American Writing, and in the anthologies They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (eds. Muench, Simone and Dean Rader; Black Lawrence Press, 2018) and Of Rivers: Poems After Langston Hughes (eds. Brown, Jericho and Sandra Lim, et al; Southern Humanities Review, 2015). He's been a finalist for the National Poetry Series, The Berkshire Prize, and Omnidawn Poetry Prize. Since 2021 he has been working on an edition of poems by Black American poet Tom Postell, forthcoming under the title Tom Postell: On the Life and Work of an Unsung Master (Pleiades Press/Unsung Masters, forthcoming 2024).

Research interests include twentieth century avant garde poetries, postwar mimeograph and print culture, lyric acoustics and psychoacoustics, alignments of audio technologies, recording techniques, and lyric innovation in the twentieth century, archival praxis, participatory curation, and oral history.


B.A.: Stanford University 2000 (English)

M.A.: University of Virginia 2003 (English)

M.F.A.: University of North Carolina-Greensboro 2008 (Creative Writing)

Ph.D.: University of Cincinnati 2018 (Creative Writing)

Contact Information

Phone: (513) 556-5924