Tags: Education; Literary Criticism

Beth Peterson

Environmental, Journalism, Poetry

Former wilderness guide Beth Peterson is a nonfiction writer and associate professor of writing. Her first book, Dispatches from the End of Ice, is an essay collection about glaciers, volcanoes, and disappearing people (Trinity University Press, 2019). 

Peterson has an MFA and PhD in creative writing. Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Passages North, Flyway, The Pinch, Terrain.org, and other publications. She’s also been a finalist for the Non/Fiction Collection Book Prize, Autumn House Press Nonfiction Book Contest, Obsidian Prize, and Cleveland State Poetry Center Essay Collection Competition.

Peterson lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she teaches nonfiction, book editing, and creative writing courses at Grand Valley State University. When she’s not reading or writing, Peterson spends as much time as she can outside.


Festival Years: 2018, 2020