LAUREL S. PETERSON, is editor of the literary journal Inkwell. She holds an M.A., in Writing from Manhattanville College and is a professor of English at Norwalk Community College (NCC) and an adjunct in the graduate school at Manhattanville College where she teaches expository and creative writing, and interdisciplinary courses in the arts.
At NCC, she co-founded the Fairfield County Women’s Center and acted as Director in its inaugural year, as well as starting a a women’s studies program at the college, which she chaired for four years.
Her poetry has been published in The Atlanta Review, The Baltimore Review, The Distillery, Poet Lore, SLAB, The Rio Grande Review, The Texas Review, Thin Air, Yankee, and others. In 2006, she was a finalist for the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry for her poetry manuscript Mud Never Forgets. Her poetry chapbook, That’s the Way the Music Sounds, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press (July 2009). Visit her webpage at http://www.laurelpeterson.com/ Read her poem “The Museum of Jesus’ House.”
Laurel is also a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), has written a newspaper column on history for Gannett Suburban. She says though New York City is her favorite place on earth, she and her husband, poet Van Hartmann, a live in Connecticut and Vermont, where she gardens, cooks, walks in the woods and, in the winter, reads by the fire.