Brought to life in Miami, Florida and educated at the Florida State University (MFA), Evan J. Peterson now lives and writes in Seattle, Washington. A poet, fiction and nonfiction author, performer, editor, book reviewer, columnist, and educator, Evan can often be found involved in teaching, events, and projects with Richard Hugo House, the Zine Archive & Publishing Project, Small Doggies magazine, TheRumpus.net, and Gay City Health Project. He is also the newly appointed Creative Editor of Minor Arcana Press.
Evan’s debut chapbook, Skin Job, is now available from Minor Arcana Press. His full-length poetry manuscript, tentatively titled The Cutting Room Floor, is currently haunting the contest circuit. His self-published zines include Secular Exorcisms, Hello Kitty Chainsaw, and The Ecstatic Tarot. He is also the founding editor of ZiReZi, the zine review zine from ZAPP & Richard Hugo House.
Creating both traditional and experimental poetry and prose, Evan’s writing is often characterized by a balance of levity and darkness. Film dialogue and song lyrics are often integrated into his work, particularly during live performances. Pop culture, mythology, mysticism, science fiction, the body, and the supernatural pervade much of his poetry. An avid fan of the persona poem, one of his most frequent narrators is the Frankenstein monster. His blog may be found at Poemocracy.blogspot.com.
Evan’s work has recently appeared in Weird Tales, Assaracus, Court Green, SmallDoggies, Lo-Ball, Ganymede Unfinished, Gay City Anthology 4, Aim for the Head: An Anthology of Zombie Poetry, and has been excerpted in the New York Times. For links, check out the Writing section of this site.