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Molly Peacock to Lead Spalding MFA Poetry Workshop

By Katy Yocom

Spalding MFA Associate Administrative Director

The Spalding MFA in Writing program is thrilled to welcome back beloved faculty emerita Molly Peacock to lead a poetry workshop for our students at the fall residency. An outstanding teacher, dynamic speaker, and one of the premier poets in North America, Molly will also speak about her career, read from her work, and offer advice to emerging poets.

The residency takes place November 11-20 in Louisville and kicks off a semester of graduate study. Scholarships are available to incoming poetry students. The application deadline for the program is August 1.

Molly’s new book of poems, The Analyst, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in January. Her other books of poetry include The Second Blush and Cornucopia: New and Selected Poems. She is author of the best-selling biography The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72. Her other nonfiction books include a memoir, Paradise, Piece By Piece, and How To Read a Poem & Start a Poetry Circle. Her first foray into fiction is Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions with illustrations by Kara Kosaka. She serves as general editor for the Best Canadian Poetry in English.

Second Blush: A Collection of Poems by Molly Peacock

Past president of the Poetry Society of America, Molly has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts, among others. Her poems are widely anthologized and have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere. Find her at

We’re looking forward to Molly’s return!

Katy Yocom’s fiction, poetry, essays, and journalism have appeared in The Louisville Review, New Southerner, the blog StyleSubstanceSoul, Louisville Magazine, LEO Weekly, 2nd & Church, Food & Dining, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation and the Kentucky Foundation for Women and was writer-in-residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University.


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