Assistant Professor Beth Peterson

Ph.D., in Literature and Creative Writing--Nonfiction, University of Missouri
M.F.A., Creative Writing--Nonfiction, University of Wyoming
M.A., Educational Ministries, Wheaton College
B.A., English and Advertising, University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire
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Beth Peterson is a nonfiction writer and assistant professor of writing at GVSU. Beth has an MA from Wheaton College, an MFA from the University of Wyoming and a PhD in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Missouri. A wilderness guide before she began writing, Beth is finishing her first book of lyric essays, set in a disappearing glacial landscape in Norway. A recipient of an American-Scandinavian Fellowship, Beth has recent or forthcoming work in Fourth Genre, River TeethPassages North, Post Road, The Pinch, Assay, Ocean State Review and other journals.  Her research interests include eco-criticism, environmental writing, the lyric essay and Victorian genre fiction. 

Beth teaches Introduction to Creative Writing, Intermediate and Advanced Nonfiction, Editing and Publishing, Style and the Book, and Capstone. She’s also the faculty advisor for the Writing Department’s Student Reading Series. You can find more of her work at

Beth Peterson