Biography  |  Nils Peterson


Nils taught in the English and Humanities Departments at San Jose State University from 1963 to 1999. He was Coordinator of the Creative Writing Emphasis for more than 20 years, and served as Coordinator of the Creative Arts and Chair of the Humanities Department. He was chosen as Professor of the Year by the Student Honor Society.

He has published poems in many journals, has written science fiction, as well as articles on subjects as varying as golf and Shakespeare. A chapbook of poems entitled Here Is No Ordinary Rejoicing was published by No Deadlines Press, a collection of poems entitled The Comedy of Desire, with an introduction by Robert Bly, was published by the Blue Sofa Press and a collection of poems entitled Driving a Herd of Moose to Durango appeared in 2005.

He was not only a poetry consultant for San Jose State Studies but also an an editor for Discover America, a collection of poems celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of the USA, and a contributing editor to The Blue Sofa Review and Americas Review.

He was nominated for a 2005 Pushcart Prize.

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