Lynn Pedersen’s full-length collection, The Nomenclature of Small Things (Carnegie Mellon University Press Poetry Series), explores grief through the language of science, history, and art. From Charles Darwin to Carl Linnaeus, from the passenger pigeon to fossil ammonites, each poem seeks to name, to enumerate, to order—to claim a particular place for the human creature in a catalog of extinction and loss.
Her chapbook, Theories of Rain, was a featured selection of the Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Choice Chapbook Series. Finishing Line Press published her second chapbook, Tiktaalik, Adieu, as part of the 2014 New Women’s Voices Chapbook Series.
Pedersen’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in New England Review, Ecotone, Nimrod, Slipstream, Borderlands, Southern Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Heron Tree, and Tinderbox. She is a Pushcart Prize and Georgia Author of the Year Award nominee. Her poetry has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Pedersen is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program, where she worked as a contributing editor to Hunger Mountain.
General interests in addition to literature include theater, science, and nineteenth-century history. Pedersen is a playwright and member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Honors and Post-Publication Book Awards
2018 Pushcart Prize nominee, “This Is Not an Elegy for the Colorado River”
2017 Eric Hoffer Academic Press Award, The Nomenclature of Small Things
2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize Shortlist, The Nomenclature of Small Things
2016 Julie Suk Award Longlist for Poetry, The Nomenclature of Small Things
2016 Forward INDIES Finalist for Poetry, The Nomenclature of Small Things
2016 Lascaux Prize Finalist in Collected Poetry, The Nomenclature of Small Things
2017 Honorable Mention, Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize, The Nomenclature of Small Things
2017 Georgia Author of the Year Award Nominee, The Nomenclature of Small Things
2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award Honorable Mention, Tiktaalik, Adieu
Third Prize Ecotone Evolution Contest, “On Reading About the Illness and Death of Darwin’s Daughter Annie”
2014 Finalist New Women’s Voices Chapbook Series: Finishing Line Press, Tiktaalik, Adieu
2009 Editor’s Choice Chapbook Series: Main Street Rag, Theories of Rain
2009 Pushcart Prize nominee, “Correction”
2009 Georgia Author of the Year Award nominee, Theories of Rain
2008 Honorable Mention Comstock Review Muriel Craft Bailey Award, “Pre-Op”
2005 Special Merit Finalist Comstock Review Muriel Craft Bailey Award, 2005, “The Infinite Density of Grief
2005 AWP Intro Award nominee, “Hangman”