Peter Ludwin - Poet, Musician, World Traveler

Peter Ludwin is the recipient of a Literary Fellowhsip from Artist Trust, awarded by the State of Washington, as well as the 2013 recipient of the W. D. Snodgrass Award for Endeavor and Excellence in Poetry. He was also the 2007-2008 Second Prize Winner of the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards. His poem "Terezin Concentration Camp Bohemia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Another poem, "Convocation of Crows", won the 2011 Spring/Summer Reader's Choice Award from Soundings Review. Additionally, his poem "Trial of Compassion, Baker City, Oregon" received Special Merit Designation from The Comstock Review.

His first book, A Guest In All Your Houses, was published in 2009 by Word Walker Press. Set in the interior American West, these poems explore themes of history, culture, and the power of landscape to shape esthetic and spiritual responses. His second book, Rumors of Fallible Gods, was a two-time finalist for the Gival Press poetry award. This collection, which continues to explore themes of history, oppression and transcendence in various countries and cultures the poet has known, from Mexico to Tibet, was published in 2013 by Presa Press. He is currently completing a chapbook manuscript called Gone To Gold Mountain, which focuses the massacre of over 30 Chinese gold miners by a gang of Oregon horse thieves on May 25, 1887. A third full length collection tentatively titled That Country, That Time, is also nearing completion. Set in the author's Pacific Northwest, these poems deal with themes of the environment and childhood.

For the past twelve years Peter has been a participant in the San Miguel Poetry Week in Central Mexico, where he has studied under some of America's most notable poets, among them Tony Barnstone, Mark Doty, Tony Hoagland, Joseph Stroud and Robert Rigley. Journals in which Peter's poems have appeared include The Bitter Oleander, Briar Cliff Review, Concho River Review, Flint Hills Review, The Fourth River, Hawaii Pacific Review, The Hurricane Review, Kyoto Journal, Lullwater Review, Mad Poets Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Nimrod, North American Review, Oyez Review, The Pacific Review, Peregrine, Permafrost, The Prague Revue, Prairie Schooner, Quercus Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Salamander, South Carolina Review, South Dakota Review, Tribeca Review, The Warwick Review, Whiskey Island Magazine and Wisconsin Review.

With a background in folk music, Peter plays acoustic blues guitar and Celtic-flavored tunes on the autoharp. An avid traveler who has lived in Europe, visited remote Amazonian Indians by canoe, bargained in a Marrakech market and hiked in the Andes, he spent nearly a month in 2011 in Southwest China in the ethnic Tibetan region of Sichuan Province. He lives tucked up against the Green River in Kent, Washington between Seattle and Tacoma.



Rumors of Fallible Gods, Peter Ludwin’s new book of poems, is now available for purchase from Peter Ludwin at his e-mail address, PeterLudwin@live.com. 108 pages, $16 OR from Presa Press at www.presapress.com

A Guest in All Your Houses is available from Peter Ludwin at PeterLudwin@live.com. 89 pages, $14 OR from Word Walker Press at www.wordwalkerpress.com