Katie Peterson was born in Menlo Park, California, in 1974. She received a BA from Stanford University and a PhD from Harvard University, where she received the Howard Mumford Jones Prize for her dissertation on Emily Dickinson.
Peterson is the author of Fog and Smoke (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2024); The Accounts (University of Chicago Press, 2013), winner of the 2014 Rilke Prize from the University of North Texas; Permission (New Issues, 2013); and This One Tree (New Issues, 2006), winner of the 2005 New Issues Poetry Prize. She is also the editor of Robert Lowell’s New Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017).
Of her work, August Kleinzahler writes, “It is a poetry of search, chiefly for completion or wholeness, amidst the world of forms and various weathers.”
Peterson is the recipient of fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, among others.
Peterson has taught at Deep Springs College, Bennington College, and Tufts University. She is currently a professor of English at the University of California–Davis.