Peter Schmitt

Peter Schmitt is the author of five collections of poems: Renewing the Vows, from David Robert Books; Hazard Duty, and Country Airport (Copper Beech Press); and two chapbooks, Incident in an Apartment Complex: A Suite of Voices, and To Disappear, from Pudding House.   

He has received The Lavan Award from The Academy of American Poets; The “Discovery”/The Nation Prize; is a two-time recipient of grants from The Florida Arts Council; and was awarded a Fellowship from The Ingram Merrill Foundation.   

His poems have been featured several times on National Public Radio’s Writers Almanac (read by Garrison Keillor), and his poem, “Packing Plant,” won The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival open competition in Farmington, Connecticut. 

His work has appeared in many leading publications, including The Hudson Review, The Nation, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review, and has been widely anthologized.  He has also reviewed poetry and fiction for The South Florida SunSentinel and The Miami Herald.   

A native Miamian and graduate with honors from Amherst College, where he studied with Richard Wilbur, and received the College’s poetry prizes his junior and senior years; and from The University of Iowa, where his teachers included Donald Justice, Peter Schmitt has taught creative writing and literature at The University of Miami since 1986.   

More information on the author and his books can be found at his website,

Renewing the Vows

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