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
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.