Clara Montague didn't even want to come home. Her mother, Constance Montague never liked her--or listened to her--but now they have to get along or they will both end up in jail or dead.
"During her yearlong tenure as Norwalk’s first poet laureate, Laurel Peterson will work to disseminate poetry in Norwalk’s public sphere. Her first project, a selection of poems to be displayed on Norwalk busses, will go on display this month." –The Hour
"Laurel Peterson, an author and poet, is Norwalk’s first poet laureate — one of only a handful in the state. For the next year, she will work to foster a love and appreciation of poetry among the city's residents and visitors" –Westport News
Laurel S. Peterson is a community college English professor who has written a column for Gannett Suburban Newspapers on local history and served as editor of the literary journal Inkwell. Her poetry has been published in The Atlanta Review, The Distillery, Ekphrastic.net, Poet Lore, The Rio Grande Review, The Texas Review, Thin Air, Verse-Virtual, Yankee and others. In 2006, she was a finalist for the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry for her manuscript Mud Never Forgets. She has two poetry chapbooks, That's the Way the Music Sounds (Finishing Line Press, 2009), and Talking to the Mirror from The Last Automat Press (2010). She is the co-editor of (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women's Experience (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). Her mystery novel, Shadow Notes, will be released by Barking Rain Press in March 2016. One eighth grade afternoon, the bully on the bus was worse than usual. I came home and wrote a story of revenge in my journal. What satisfaction to leave her bleeding (on paper, of course!) on the playground. Thus was born my career as a mystery writer. In college, I majored in psychology, fascinated by what motivates us (or doesn’t). Why did that girl down the hall only write notes to her mother and rarely talk to her? Why did one kid in a family act like a goody two-shoes, while an older brother or sister did drugs and flunked out? Why was the rich girl with all the family connections bulimic? Why did people attend a religious school only to flout all its rules? After college, I tested the waters in advertising, catering, retail, and sales, salting away character details in my journals, and in lousy short stories. Then, I did an MFA and entered the world of academic politics, where I currently reside, writing poetry and mysteries, and grading papers.