AWP Conference

I just returned from my fourth AWP Conference where I had a great experience signing The Nomenclature of Small Things and meeting other Carnegie Mellon authors and staff! I spent most of my time around the book fair, but I also had a chance to sit in on some interesting book marketing and science-related panels. The Grub Street panel was a presentation on their Launch Lab strategies and offerings. Grub Street authors and staff spoke about integrating personal goals with book writing and marketing, and it was a higher level conversation than any I’ve heard. I came away from the conference with a list of poetry/nonfiction/environmental books to read, and a strategy for moving forward for the next year or two.

I met my publicist for the first time and appreciate that she traveled from London to Los Angeles! There is never enough time to connect with every writer and friend, attend every panel and book signing event. Every conference I try a different approach and this time around I was less tired. I can say that staying at the conference hotel (for the first time ever) was worth it!


Speaking with Director of Carnegie Mellon University Press, Jerry Costanzo

Book Review

Separately, Many Rose wrote a great review of Nomenclature in the April issue of Stirring: A Literary Collection.


I’ll be reading from The Nomenclature of Small Things at Reinhardt University north of Atlanta on March 23 at 7 pm in the Funk Heritage Center, which is Reinhardt’s history museum. Excited to be featured along with Christopher Martin, Jeff Clemmons, and William Walsh as part of a Georgia Panel of Writers. I’m selecting poems written in or inspired by museums and museum collections, or relating to history and place. More information on the Reinhardt Funk Heritage Center.

March 23, 7 pm
Reinhardt University
Funk Heritage Center
7300 Reinhardt Circle
Waleska, GA 30183

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Come hear a fantastic group of eleven women poets read at the Georgia Center for the Book in Decatur, Georgia! I’ll be reading from The Nomenclature of Small Things.

March 14th, 2016
7:15 pm
Dekalb Public Library
215 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA  30030

*Books will be for sale before and after the reading,

More about Georgia Center for the Book.

The Atlanta Women’s Poetry Collective (AWPC) provides support, resources, and social events for Atlanta women poets as well as facilitation of citywide collaborative art events.



The Nomenclature of Small Things is officially out, and I’ll be doing a reading February 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm along with Terry Hensel at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta. Tickets are $5 at the door. Free to members.

A flyer with details and directions is posted on the Callanwolde website.


This is a great space to read. Thanks to Ruth Windham for organizing!



Review copies of The Nomenclature of Small Things have just arrived on my doorstep, and the collection is available for pre-order from UPNE (University Press of New England).

The cover art is gorgeous, and the book design by Connie Amoroso is beautiful. Looking forward to having these books out in the world soon. I am working now on scheduling readings and getting the word out!



Thanks to Claire Trevien of Sabotage Reviews for her insightful comments on my chapbook of science poems, Tiktaalik, Adieu.

“This is a chapbook that uses science, not as a crutch but as a system. Pedersen’s poems are scientific in the way that they query and correct themselves; she is a writer who’s aware that science is a process of evolution, of testing and re-testing, and this comes through.”

You can read the entire review here.

My poetry chapbook features on Monday Must Read thanks to Mary Caroll-Hackett. Links to online poems and interviews for Tiktaalik, Adieu.

Mary Carroll-Hackett: Poetry and Prose

Monday Must Read!

pedersenauthorphotoThis week meet Lynn Pedersen. Lynn’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in New England Review,EcotonePoet LoreSouthern Poetry ReviewPalo Alto Review, and Heron Tree. She has two chapbooks, Tiktaalik, Adieu (2014 Finishing Line Press New Women’s Voices Series) and Theories of Rain (2009 Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Choice Chapbook Series). A full-length collection, The Nomenclature of Small Things, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press in early 2016. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lynn’s website:

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Praise for Tiktaalik, Adieu

Science looms large and lives well in Tiktaalik, Adieu. Pedersen’s lovely poems speak for, and to, our ever evolving, rapidly changing natural world, wherein the human animal seeks peace, or simply survival, from “resting place to resting…

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decatur book festival 2015

I’ll be reading from my chapbook, Tiktaalik, Adieu, between 3 pm and 4 pm this Saturday the 5th in Decatur, Georgia, at Java Monkey along with Christine Swint, Diana Anhalt, Rupert Fike, and Amy Pence. This is one of 18 stages at the Decatur Book Festival. More information can be found on the festival page. A complete schedule of the local authors reading Saturday and Sunday is here. Java Monkey is at 425 Church Street, Decatur.

Thanks to editor Jenn Monroe for featuring this interview about process and science in Tiktaalik, Adieu at

collin book list

Thanks to Collin Kelley of Atlanta INtown news for featuring Tiktaalik, Adieu as part of his Summer Reading: Books by Local Authors series. The article is here and includes work from many genres. Each book is pictured with a short description of the contents.

poetry atlanta presents

I’ll be reading from Tiktaalik, Adieu along with fellow featured reader Brent Calderwood at Poetry Atlanta Presents on July 29, 7:15 p.m. at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street in Decatur, Georgia. More information at this link.

More information about Brent Calderwood and his writing is online at

This is his poetry book cover for The God of Longing (Sibling Rivalry Press). I’m looking forward to hearing him read these poems in person!