Jerry Peterson taught speech, English and theater in Wisconsin high schools, then worked for a decade in communications for farm organizations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Kansas and Colorado. He followed that with a decade as a reporter, photographer and editor for weekly, semi-weekly and daily newspapers in Colorado, West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.
Peterson left daily journalism to become a graduate student at the University of Tennessee/Knoxville—the world’s oldest graduate student, at least in his class. There he began collecting stories that he incorporated in short stories and novels he set in the Great Smoky Mountains. Several of Peterson’s shorter works have been published in literary journals and anthologies, including the Knoxville Writers Guild’s Migrants & Stowaways, Mercer University Press’ CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual, and the Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave’s Manhattan Mysteries.
He studied creative writing under novelists Wilma Dykeman and Allen Wier at the University of Tennessee, and has participated in writing workshops conducted by novelists Lee Smith and Robert Morgan, thriller writer David Morrell, and mystery writers Jeremiah Healy, William Kent Krueger and Anne Perry.
Peterson is a member of Tuesdays with Story, a writers group in Madison, Wisconsin; the Knoxville (Tennessee) Writers Guild; and the Mystery Writers of America.
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