Peggy A. Wheeler

Peggy A. Wheeler

My non-fiction articles, short stories and poetry appear in numerous Colorado and California publications, small press magazines and anthologies.

Dragon Moon Press in Canada recently published my debut novel, THE RAVEN’S DAUGHTER, short listed for the CCC Great Novel contest. I earned a B.A. in English Literature from UCLA, and an M.A. in Creative Writing from California State University at Northridge.

At UCLA, I was one of only twelve students -- and the only undergraduate -- chosen to study with Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States. I won first prize awards for two of my poems from an Evergreen Press nationwide poetry contest, and honorable mentions from the judges of a Los Angeles Poetry Festival and The Academy of American Poets. My poem Du Fu was nominated for a Rhysling award for Best Long Science Fiction Poem. I’ve led critique groups in both Colorado and California.

Lenka's List had the pleasure to publish this interview on: March 3rd, 2017
I was an awkward, lonely, little girl. Books were my company. I started reading early, and began making up fantastical stories when I was quite young. At age six, I wrote my first book, "My Life." The book was my memoirs, since at age six, I had so much to say. Hahahaa I used crayons for the cover art and illustrations. I stapled all the chapters together with my cover art. My first book was truly a self-published marvel. I imagined my teacher would give me an A+ and invite me to read my wonderful book out loud to my class, and all the kids would love my book and want to be my friend. My teacher gave me a C- and said I had no talent for writing. I was crushed. But...I continued to write anyway.
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