Peacock, Molly

Artist Bio:

Biographer and distinguished poet Molly Peacock is the author of The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, as well as seven volumes of poetry, including The Analyst: Poems. She is an arts activist and, with a friend, started what became a cultural institution in New York City: Poetry in Motion on the subways and buses. A former Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellow and a dual American/Canadian citizen, Molly divides her time between Toronto and New York

Artist Statement:

As a poet, I’m gratified by the many people who follow my work, especially The Analyst: Poems (and seven other volumes). As a biographer, I’m in awe of two incredible women, visual artists of the past who held the keys to how we love and work today.  My newest, Flower Diary: Mary Hiester Reid Paints, Travels, Marries & Opens a Door, was released in September, 2021.  It’s a companion to The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72. I’m also an arts activist.  With a friend I started what became a cultural institution in New York City:  Poetry in Motion on the subways and buses.  Now I’m just beginning a project called The Secret Poetry Room. I’m a dual citizen with family roots in both New York and Canada.  When I settled down in Toronto, I inaugurated The Best Canadian Poetry series.  In my memoir Paradise, Piece by Piece I describe how I chose not to have children, and the book inspired the title of the Trixie Films documentary, My So-Called Selfish Life.  I’ve been Poet-in-Residence at The American Poets’ Corner, the Elliston Poetry Room, Bucknell University, University of California-Riverside, Western University, Canada, and a member of the Graduate Faculty at the Spalding University Brief Residency MFA Program.  Yearly I teach at the Unterberg Poetry Center at New York City’s 92Y.  

Contact Information:

Website: www.mollypeacock.org

Email: molly@mollypeacock.org

Twitter: @MollyPeacock3 

Instagram: @mollypeacockpoet

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