I am the author of Since I Moved In, a book which won the Gil Ott Award in 2007. It was republished as Since I Moved In (new & revised) in 2019, with a new Introduction by poet and critic Joy Ladin. My second full-length book of poems has been completed, and is currently seeking a publisher. My chapbooks include Cumulus (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2003) and Violet Speech (Second Avenue Poetry, 2011), among others.

I received my MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona in 2002, where I wrote my thesis working with the poet Barbara Cully. I was also a member of Jorie Graham’s workshop at Harvard in 2003. I received my PhD in English from The Graduate Center, CUNY in 2020.

My poetry has been selected for awards by Nathaniel Mackey, Myung Mi Kim, and John Ashbery, among others.

Videos of readings can be found here. Audio of readings can be found here.

For booking, please contact me at tracepeterson1 [at] gmail [dot] com.


My work has appeared in the following anthologies:

  • More Truly and More Strange: 100 Contemporary American Self-Portrait Poems. Ed. Lisa Russ Spaar. Persea Books, 2020.
  • Readings in Contemporary Poetry: An Anthology. Ed. Vincent Katz. Dia Art Foundation / Yale University Press, 2017
  • The Best American Experimental Writing 2016. ed. Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris, Wesleyan University Press, 2017.
  • Future Perfect. Ed. Andrew Durbin. Publication Studio, 2016.
  • Bettering American Poetry. Ed. Amy King, et al. Blazevox Books, 2015.
  • Devouring the Green: Fear of a Human Planet. Ed. Sam Witt, Christopher J. Arabadjis, and Debra Di Blasi. Jaded Ibis Press, 2015
  • Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Ed. Trace Peterson and TC Tolbert. Nightboat Books, 2013.
  • The Collection of Silence. Ed. Eileen Myles. Dia Art Foundation, 2009.

Poems Available Online:

“Make a Wish,” in Interim Poetry & Poetics, 2022. (forthcoming)

Pussy” and “Queer Poem,” in Michigan Quarterly Review’s MQR Mixtape, 2021.

With a Petroleum Coating,” at The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, 2020.

The Barometer in My Neck,” at The Poetry Project website, 2019..

No One Could See the Vast Crowd” in Boston Review. April 25, 2017.

Permanently” in Posit, 2016.

Everyone is a Little Trans” at PEN America, April 2016.

Canyon of Heroines,” “The Valleys are so Lush and Steep,” and “Exclusively on Venus” at The Academy of American Poets (Poets.org), March 2016.

“After Before and After” and “Exclusively on Venus” in The Brooklyn Rail, Oct 2015.

“The Valleys are so Lush and Steep,” The Home School. 2015.

“Bouquet,” “Hydro-powered Turbines,” and “Nocturne” in Eratio, 2012.

Futurism is easy” (vispo) in Trickhouse, 2011.

from Violet Speech,” Spiral Orb, 2010

“Bobadyllo” and “Content” in Aufgabe 8, 2009.

Embarrassment of Riches,” Transdada (kari edwards’ blog), November 6, 2003.

Poems in Print Journals:

In addition to the journals mentioned above, my work has also appeared in Antennae, The Anthology of New England Writers, Argos Poetry Calendar, Boog City Anthology, Colorado Review, Cream City Review, Cue: A Journal of Prose Poetry, Five Fingers Review, OCHO, Sonora Review, The Sunday Morning Anthology, Texas Review, Transgender Tapestry, Vanitas, and VeRT.


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I have judged the following Contests:

  • Poetry Contest, Bayou Magazine. Fall 2020. Winner: “Zoom,” by Linette Marie Allen
  • Poetry Chapbook Contest, Gold Line Press, Spring 2020. Winner: Apology Engine, by Cameron Quan Louie

I am involved with the following poetry Organizations:

  • Senior Editor, EPC: Electronic Poetry Center. University of Buffalo. 2012-present
  • Member, Advisory Board, POG: Poetry in Action. 2018-present.
  • Member, Queer Poetics Research Network. Centre for Poetry, Queens Mary University of London. 2020-present.
  • Mentor, ESB: Emerge-Surface-Be, The Poetry Project. fall 2019-spring 2020.
  • Member, Board of Directors, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. 2015-2017. I introduced the category “trans woman” to the VIDA Count and worked with the members of VIDA to create transgender categories for this count, along with a corresponding author questionnaire.
  • Officer, LGBT Caucus, AWP: Associated Writing Programs. 2015-2017.
  • Member, Board of Directors, POG: Poetry in Action. 2001-2002.