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Online Poetry Series: The Refuge of Witnessing with Peter Schmitt

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PETER SCHMITT is the author of six collections of poems: Goodbye, Apostrophe (forthcoming in 2020 from Regal House); Renewing the Vows (David Robert Books); Hazard Duty, and Country Airport (Copper Beech Press); and two chapbooks, Incident in an Apartment Complex: A Suite of Voices, and To Disappear (Pudding House).

He has received The Lavan Award from The Academy of American Poets (selected by Richard Wilbur); The “Discovery”/The Nation Prize (judged by Anthony Hecht, Mary Jo Salter, and Nicholas Christopher); The Julia Peterkin Award (Converse College); is a two-time recipient of grants from The Florida Arts Council; and was awarded a Fellowship from The Ingram Merrill Foundation.

His poems were featured several times on National Public Radio’s Writers Almanac, and his poem, “Packing Plant,” won The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival open competition in Farmington, Connecticut.  His work has appeared in many leading publications, including The Hopkins Review, The Hudson Review, The Nation, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review, and has been widely anthologized.  He has also reviewed poetry and fiction for The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Miami Herald.

Peter is native Miamian and graduated with honors from Amherst College, where he studied with Richard Wilbur and received the College’s poetry prizes his junior and senior years; and from The University of Iowa, where his teachers included Donald Justice.  He has taught creative writing and literature at The University of Miami since 1986.

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