Peter Stitt retired from his position as founding editor of The Gettysburg Review in September, 2015. He founded the Review in 1988, after a long career as a critic and scholar in the field of contemporary American poetry. In about 2000, he began writing creative nonfiction . Hard Roads Home: How I Found a Family in Mormonia is the first book written in that genre. In 2012 his second such volume, The Perfect Life: Lyric Essays, was published by Tupelo Press. His earlier books are The World's Hieroglyphic Beauty: Five American Poets—selected by The New York Times Book Review in 1987 as a notable book of the year—and Uncertainty and Plenitude: Five Contemporary Poets (1997). His poems, reviews, and essays critical and creative have appeared in The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, The New York Times, and many other periodicals. He has interviewed several poets on behalf of The Paris Review and was, for eleven years, the regular reviewer of poetry for The Georgia Review. In earlier years he taught at the University of Minnesota, Michigan Technological University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Middlebury College, and the University of Houston. In retirement he spends most of the winter in Ocean Springs, MS, and the rest of the time at his farm house in Pennsylvania.
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