JOYCE PESEROFF has been a Writer in Residence and Visiting Professor at University of Massachusetts, Boston since 1997. Her areas of specialty are creative writing and 20th century American poetry. She holds an MFA from the University at California at Irvine. She has received grants from the NEA and Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and is on the faculty at U. Mass Boston. She studied with Donald Justice during the year he taught in the MFA program at UC Irvine.

Joyce Peseroff’s three books of poems are The Hardness Scale, A Dog in the Lifeboat, and Mortal Education. Her forthcoming books are Eastern Mountain Time (poems) and Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon.

Joyce is also the editor of Robert Bly: When Sleepers Awake and The Ploughshares Poetry Reader. For many years she was associated with Ploughshares magazine, first as managing editor and then as associate poetry editor; she continues as one of the magazine's advisory editors. She has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Pushcart Prize. New poems are in recent issues of Greensboro Review, Salamander, Barrow Street, Provincetown Arts, and the on-line magazine Slate.

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