Joel Peckham

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Joel B. Peckham, Jr. is an American poet, scholar of American literature and a creative writer.


Peckham graduated from Middlebury College.


He has taught at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Hope College, and the Georgia Military College.[1] He currently teaches at the University of Cincinnati.[2]

He has worked as an editorial assistant for the Prairie Schooner, and is also co-founding editor of Milkwood Review.[1]

His work has appeared in American Literature, Ascent, the Black Warrior Review, The Literary Review, The Malahat Review, The Mississippi Quarterly, the North American Review, Passages North, River Teeth, the Sycamore Review, The Southern Review, Texas Studies in Language and Literature,[3] Under the Sun, and Yankee Magazine.

His work, out of the tradition of Neo-Romantic and Open-Form 20th Century Poets such as James Dickey and Allen Ginsberg employs a Whitmanesque line to explore the limits of empathy and communication in American Life.

Personal life[edit]

In February, 2004, while on a Fulbright Scholarship to Jordan, Peckham was in an auto accident that took the lives of his wife, Susan Atefat Peckham, and his oldest son, Cyrus.

This tragedy led to his exploration of nonfiction prose as a means of expressing and critically engaging with the grief and recovery experience. His prose style is alternatively lyrical, raw, self-aware, and analytical in the tradition of writers like Viktor Frankl and C. S. Lewis.

He has since remarried and lives with his wife, Rachael, and son, Darius, in Batavia, Ohio.[4][5]


  • Fulbright Scholar




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