Molly Peacock’s poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction have won her an enthusiastic critical following both in Canada and the United States. Among her awards are Danforth Foundation, Ingram Merrill Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts Fellowships. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and The Best of the Best American Poetry.
As President of the Poetry Society of America, Molly was one of the creators of New York’s Poetry in Motion program and co–edited Poetry In Motion: One Hundred Poems From the Subways and Buses. She serves as a Faculty Mentor at the Spalding University Brief Residency MFA Program and is also the Series Editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English. Her most recent collection of poems is The Second Blush, love poems from a midlife marriage.
The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, Molly’s latest work of nonfiction, is at once a biography of an extraordinary 18th century artist and a meditation on late–life creativity. Her subject, Mary Granville Pendarves Delany, (1700-1788) was the daughter of a minor branch of a powerful family who, at the age of 72, created a new art form–mixed–media collage–trumping Picasso by 140 years. Named one of the Top 20 Books of 2010 by MacLean’s,
The Paper Garden is a sumptuous, lively and witty book full of fashion and friendships, gossip and politics, letters and love.
Born in Buffalo, New York and a dual American–Canadian citizen, Molly now lives with her husband, James Joyce scholar Michael Groden, in Toronto.
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