Petersen, a native to Portland, Oregon, graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Film. After college, he moved to Orcas Island and worked for the YMCA of Seattle at Camp Orkila. He spent the summers working for the camping services and the spring and fall as an assistant program director for the Outdoor Environmental Education program, in charge of the college intern program and the director of curriculum.
Petersen then moved to Flagstaff, Arizona and earned his Master’s in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University. From Flagstaff, he moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma to pursue a PhD in English, where he studied with American academic and writer, Brian Evenson.
He now resides in Cedar City, Utah with his wife and three children where he is a Professor of English and the director of Southern Utah University’s project-based learning program. He has published two books, Long After Dark (2007) and Rift (2009). His recent academic work focuses on film and television.
It Needs to Look Like We Tried explores the ways in which our failures work on the lives of others, weaving an intricate web of interconnected stories.
Mark you calendar and plan to listen to Petersen read excerpts from his latest at Elliott Bay Book Company in May! It Needs to Look Like We Tried will go on sale May 1, 2018.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Ph. (206) 624-6600