Year Retired from SJSU
1999, after FERPing
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Centre College, 1954, BA
Rutgers, 1963, MA
Rutgers, TA, 1961-1963
Administrative and Professional Experience
Asst Director of Admissions, Upsala College, 1955-1957
Asst Production Control Manager, Airstream Trailers, 1958-1960
He has published poetry, science fiction, and articles on subjects as varied as golf and Shakespeare, several chapbooks, and three collections of poems The Comedy of Desire (edited and introduced by Robert Bly), A Walk to the Center of Things, and All the Marvelous Stuff. Talk in the Reading Room, was chosen by Wordrunner Press as its memoir selection in 2014. earth, water, fire, air a collection of poems each illustrated by a watercolor by Lorraine Chapparall appeared in 2016. The Dear Time of Our Talking, poems and essays about working with Robert Bly, appeared in 2020.
In 2009, he was chosen to be the first Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County. In 2019, he was honored by SVCreates for his work as poet and teacher as the OnPage Laureate of the Year. All the Marvelous Stuff was chosen as the best collection of poems at the 2020 San Francisco Book Fair.
Other comments on his poetry:
- Jane Hirshfield: “Nils Peterson’s poems move with depth, authority, and the occasional grace-granting glint of humor....”
- Robert Bly: “This is a book with humor and grace.”
- Joseph Stroud: “he is an artisan of the ‘keen, clear song.”
- Coleman Barks describes his poetry as “so intelligent, lonely, funny and real. Necessary….”
See Nils Peterson: Statement of Poetic Intent https://nilspetersonblogsite.wordpress.com/ for a more comprehensive list of publications.