Allan Peterson is a poet and visual artist, whose writing has appeared in many of the nation’s most distinguished print and online literary journals for 20 years. His prize-winning full-length collections, All the Lavish in Common and Anonymous Or, are accompanied by six chapbooks, including Any Given Moment and Stars on a Wire. His poetry also appears in several important anthologies, notably American Poetry at the End of the Millennium and Literature of the American Apocalypse. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the state of Florida and has been nominated nine times for Pushcart prizes. His mixed-media drawing and painting have appeared in national, invitational, and regional exhibitions and are represented in both public and private collections. Peterson’s essays and reviews have appeared in Craft Horizons, Ceramics Monthly, Ornament, Aperture, Goldsmith’s Journal, and Artspeak. Commentaries and reviews of his own work have appeared in The Believer, The Yale Review, Boston to Berlin (Ireland), Publisher’s Weekly, and elsewhere. He has served on panels for the Florida Arts Council and the Southeastern Museums Conference, and moderated The Local Apocalypse: Art and Environmental Activism at Loyola University, New Orleans.
After receiving a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA from Southern Illinois University, he taught at the State University of New York, Geneseo, and later served over 30 years as chair of the art department and director of the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts in Pensacola, Florida, a position from which he retired in 2005.