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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Paula Peterson  

Pen Name: Paula W. Peterson




Illinois Connection

Paula lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paula Peterson graduated from Brandeis University and from the University of Michigan with an M.A. in English Literature. Her short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Nimrod, Carolina Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, and other journals, and both her stories and essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Her book, ''Penitent with Roses'', a memoir of her life as an HIV-positive mother, continues to explore the ramifications of AIDS. It is a collection of essays by a white, middle-class, heterosexual Jewish mother describes the birth of her son, her diagnosis with AIDS when he was eleven-months-old, and her experiences as an AIDS activist and hotline volunteer.Peterson currently lives and writes in San Francisco, where she is involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy work.

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-- '''''Penitent, with Roses