BETH PETERSON is a nonfiction writer and associate professor of writing. A wilderness guide before she began writing, Beth's research interests include: the lyric essay, environmental writing, literary journalism, nonfiction history and theory, place writing, and British genre fiction. Beth's first book, Dispatches from the End of Ice, an essay collection about glaciers, volcanoes, and disappearing people, was published by Trinity University Press (November, 2019.)
Beth has an MA from Wheaton College, an MFA from the University of Wyoming, and a PhD in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Missouri. Her essays and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in: Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Post Road, the Mid-American Review, the Pinch, Newfound, Passages North, Flyway, Sky Island Journal, Alchemy, the Great Lakes Review, the Ocean State Review, Terrain.org, and other publications. She's been a finalist for the Non/Fiction Collection Book Prize, Autumn House Press Nonfiction Book Contest, Obsidian Prize, and Cleveland State Poetry Center Essay Collection Competition.
Beth lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she teaches nonfiction, book editing, & multi-genre creative writing courses in Grand Valley State University's writing program. When she's not reading or writing, she spends as much time as she can outside.