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SUSAN ATEFAT PECKHAM's book That Kind of Sleep was a winner of the National Poetry Series in 2000 and has been published by Coffee House Press. She is also the author of a book of creative nonfiction, Black Eyed Bird, which was runner up for the Beryl Markham Award from Story Line Press and a final round selection for the Associated Writing Programs Intro Award. Her work has been selected for inclusion in the anthology In the Field of Words (Prentice-Hall, 2001) and new work has appeared or is forthcoming in Borderlands, Texas Poetry Review, The International Poetry Review, International Quarterly, The Literary Review, The MacGuffin, Northwest Review, Onthebus, Prairie Schooner, Puerto Del Sol, The Southern Poetry Review, The Sycamore Review, and The Texas Review. Her work was informed by many countries. She was born first generation American to Iranian parents, and lived most of her life in France and Switzerland although she also lived in the United States and Iran. She earned her PhD from the University of Nebraska in 1999, where she taught creative writing, literature, and composition, and was an Editorial Assistant for Prairie Schooner. She taught Creative Writing at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she was co-founding editor of Milkwood Review. She taught at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, where she also served as Poetry Editor for Arts & Letters. In addition to writing, she was also a musician and an abstract expressionist painter. She was at work on a second collection of poems, a book-length memoir, and two anthologies of Middle Eastern American writing. On February 7, 2004, she was killed in an automobile accident, along with her son Cyrus, while on a Fulbright Fellowship in Amman, Jordan. She is survived by her husband, poet Joel Peckham and her son Darius.

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