Discipline: Literature – poetry

Molly Peacock

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Toronto, CANADA
MacDowell Fellowships: 1975, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989

Molly Peacock is a poet, biographer, essayist, and writer of tales whose multi-genre literary life has taken her from New York City to Toronto, from poetry to prose, from words to words-and-pictures, and from lyric self-examination to curiosity about the lives of others.

Peacock is a widely anthologized poet as well as a biographer. The author of seven volumes of poetry, including The Analyst: Poems and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems, she is also the author of two biographies, Flower Diary: Mary Hiester Reid Paints, Travels, Marries & Opens a Door, and The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72. As a poetry activist, Peacock was the co-founder of Poetry in Motion on New York’s subways and buses and the founder of The Best Canadian Poetry. A former Leon Levy Fellow, her biography of Mrs. Delany, The Paper Garden, was named a Book of the Year by The Economist, The Globe and Mail, Booklist, The London Evening Standard, The Irish Times, and The Sunday Telegraph. She lives in Toronto.



Molly Peacock worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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