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General Information

Name:  Peggy Munson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Poetry



Illinois Connection

Munson is a native of Normal, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Munson is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and essayist with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome whose work has appeared in numerous journals, periodicals, and anthologies. She also edited the anthology, ''Stricken: Voices from the Hidden Epidemic of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome''. She is also the author of the novel, ''Origami Striptease'', a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards. She has published in such places as ''Best American Poetry 2003'', ''Literature and Medicine'', ''Marginalia'', ''Spoon River Poetry Review'', ''Sinister Wisdom'', ''13th Moon'', ''Blithe House Quarterly'', ''Lodestar Quarterly'', ''Margin: Exploring Modern Magical Realism'', ''Best American Erotica'', and the ''San Francisco Bay Guardian''. Munson has also been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, and Cottages at Hedgebrook. ''Pathogenesis'' was a finalist or semifinalist for numerous prizes including the ''Dorset Prize'', the ''Carnegie-Mellon Poetry Series'', the ''Beatrice Hawley Award'', the ''Verse Prize'', and the ''University of Wisconsin Pollack Prize''. ''Bay Windows'' described Peggy as a "master of the written word," and Rebecca Brown dubbed her a "stylist extraordinaire." An Illinois native, Munson now resides in the woods of Western Massachusetts.

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