Atefat-Peckham, Susan 1970-2004

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Atefat-Peckham, Susan 1970-2004


Born August 12, 1970, in New York, NY (some sources say New Jersey); died in a traffic accident, 2004, near Karak, Jordan; daughter of Bahram and Farideh Barati Khajavi Atefat; married Joel Bishop Peckham, Jr., May 15, 1994; children: Cyrus and Darius Atefat-Peckham. Education: Baylor University, B.S., 1991, M.A., 1994; University of Nebraska, Ph.D., 1999. Studied piano at the Geneva Conservatory in Switzerland. Politics: Democrat. Hobbies and other interests: Music, abstract expressionist painting.


Literature educator and writer. University of Nebraska—Lincoln, teaching assistant, 1994-99; Prairie Schooner (literature magazine), Lincoln, NE, editorial assistant, 1995-99; Hope College, Holland, MI, assistant professor of English and creative writing, 1999; Georgia College and State University, Midgeville, assistant professor of English, beginning 2002. Founding editor, with Joel B. Peckham, Jr., of the Web site Milkwood Review.


Modern Language Association, Associated Writing Programs, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference.


National Poetry Series winner, Academy of American Poets, 2000, for That Kind of Sleep; Fulbright Fellowship, 2003; John H. Vreeland Award, University Foundations Teaching Award, and Robert L. Hough Teaching Award, University of Nebraska.


(Editor) Talking through the Door: An Anthology of Contemporary Middle Eastern American Writing, 1998.

That Kind of Sleep (poems), Coffee House Press (Minneapolis, MN), 2001.

Contributor to books, including Common Ground: An Anthology of Multicultural Writing, edited by Sybill Estess, Prentice-Hall (Upper Saddle River, NJ), 2002; Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora, edited by Persis M. Karim, University of Arkansas Press (Fayetteville, AR), 2006. Editor of "Middle Eastern American Writing" series. Contributor to periodicals, including Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, International Poetry Review, International Quarterly, Literary Review, MacGuffin, North American Review, Northwest Review, Onthebus, Prairie Schooner, Puerto Del Sol, Southern Poetry Review, Sycamore Review, Texas Review, and Under the Sun. Poetry editor of Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture.



Publishers Weekly, June 18, 2001, review of That Kind of Sleep, p. 77.


Notre Dame Observer Online,`observer/ (April 25, 2002), Sarah Nestor, "Married Poet Duo to Perform at SMC."



IPR Strategic Business Information Database, February 10, 2004, "Jordan: Fulbright Community Mourns Loss of Two Members."


Georgia College and State University Web site, (July 6, 2007).