Susan Atefat Peckham

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Susan Atefat-Peckham (August 12, 1970, New York City – February 7, 2004) was an Iranian-American poet.[1]


She was a first generation American to Iranian parents, she grew up in France and Switzerland.

She graduated from the Baylor University, and University of Nebraska with her PhD in 1999, where she was an Editorial Assistant for Prairie Schooner.[2] She taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hope College,[3] where she was editor of Milkwood Review, and Georgia College & State University.[4]

Her work appeared in Borderlands, The International Poetry Review, International Quarterly, The Literary Review, North American Review, Onthebus, Prairie Schooner, Puerto Del Sol, The Southern Poetry Review, The Sycamore Review, The Texas Review.

She and her son Cyrus were killed in an auto accident; her husband, Joel Peckham, mother, and youngest son Darius were hurt but survived.[5]


  • 2000 National Poetry Series for That Kind of Sleep
  • Runner-Up for the Beryl Markham Award for Creative Nonfiction (2001) for Black Eyed Bird
  • 2003 Fulbright fellowship to teach in Amman, Jordan.



  • "Dates"; "AMEH JOON", Nebraska Center for Writers
  • That Kind of Sleep. Coffee House Press. 2001. ISBN 978-1-56689-116-5.


  • Black Eyed Bird


  • Common Ground: An Anthology of Multicultural Writing (Ed. Sybil Estess, Prentice-Hall, 2002).


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-27. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
  5. ^ OWEN MORITZ (February 10, 2004). "POET & SON DIE IN JORDAN CRASH". New York Daily News.

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