Molly Peacock

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Molly Peacock (born 1947) is an American poet of the "New Formalist" school as well as a nonfiction writer. She was born in Buffalo, New York and presently lives in Toronto, Canada. Her poems have appeared in "The New Yorker", "The Nation", "The New Republic", "Southern Review", "Ohio Review", and "The Best of the Best American Poetry" among others. She is the author of five books of poetry. [1]


  • 1 Education and career
  • 2 Writings
    • 2.1 Poetry
    • 2.2 Non-fiction
    • 2.3 Awards and recognition
  • 3 External links
  • 4 References and notes

Education and career

Peacock received her B.A. magna cum laude from Harpur College at SUNY Binghamton where she was the director of academic advising from 1970 to 1973. She received her M.A. with honors from Johns Hopkins University in 1977. In 1978 she was selected as a poet-in-residence at the Delaware State Arts Council in Wilmington, DE. She has since been Poet-in-Residence at the American Poets’ Corner in New York City and former President of the Poetry Society of America. She is known on Wisconsin Public Radio’s "Here On Earth with Jean Feraca" for her quarterly poetry circles. She has also read her poetry at the Library of Congress, the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, Harbourfront (Toronto), and at universities and libraries.

At the present Peacock is on the faculty of the Spalding University's Master of Fine Arts Program. She is also working with the College Boards and Advanced Placement English on how young adults connect to poetry. Peacock also performs what is titled the "Shimmering Verge" which is

"...written and performed by Molly Peacock...a humorous, moving, and sexy 50-minute stand-up monologue using Peacock's best-known poems about her family, her spirituality, her marriage, and urban life. The one-woman show focuses on what she calls "the shimmering verge" -- the cusp of understanding that enriches ordinary existence and defines poetry itself."[2]

Ms. Peacock is one the of the creators of Poetry in Motion program. She also works with poets and writers throughout the United States and Canada on a personal basis.



  • And Live Apart (1980)
  • Raw Heaven (1984)
  • Take Heart (1989)
  • Original Love (1995)
  • Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems (2002)
  • Poetry in Motion: One Hundred Poems from the Subways and Buses (Co-editor)


  • How To Read A Poem and Start A Poetry Circle and a memoir, Paradise, Piece By Piece.
  • The Private I: Privacy in a Public World

Awards and recognition

Ms. Peacock has received recognition from the: Danforth Foundation, Ingram Merrill Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts Fellowships.

References and notes

  1. ^ Molly Peacock biographyfrom Molly Peacock web site. URL accessed 06/04/06.
  2. ^ onewomanshow "The Shimmering Verge"
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