Paula Peterson

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General Information

Name: Paula Peterson

Pen Name: Paula W. Peterson Genres:



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Illinois Connection

Paula lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paula Peterson graduated from Brandeis University and from the University of Michigan with an M.A. in English Literature. Her short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Nimrod, Carolina Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, and other journals, and both her stories and essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

Her book, Penitent with Roses, a memoir of her life as an HIV-positive mother, continues to explore the ramifications of AIDS. It is a collection of essays by a white, middle-class, heterosexual Jewish mother describes the birth of her son, her diagnosis with AIDS when he was eleven-months-old, and her experiences as an AIDS activist and hotline volunteer.

Peterson currently lives and writes in San Francisco, where she is involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy work.

Published Works

Penitent, with Roses: An HIV+ Mother Reflects, Middlebury, 2001

Women in the Grove: Stories, Beacon Press, 2005

Titles at Your Library

Penitent, with Roses: An HIV+ Mother Reflects (Bakeless Prize)

ISBN: 1584651288
Release Date: 2001-07-01

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Women in the Grove: Stories (Bluestreak)

ISBN: 0807083852
Release Date: 2005-04-15

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Literary Awards

Penitent, with Roses: An HIV+ Mother Reflects

  • Bakeless Literary Publication Prize for Nonfiction, 2000

"Prognosis Guarded"

  • Bakeless Prize collection

Pushcart Prize

2006 Dana Award

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (No)

External Links

Paula Peterson on WorldCat


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