Janet Peery, 23rd Annual ODU Literary Festival


Janet Peery

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center

Author/Artist Bio

Janet Peery’s stories have appeared in Best American Stories, Pushcart Prize Anthology, American Short Fiction, Shenandoah, and other magazines. Her first book, Alligator Dance, appeared in 1993; her novel, The River Beyond the World (1996), was a National Book Award Finalist.

She has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Whiting Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Dorothy Allison, in The New York Times Book Review, said, "The people in Janet’s first collection of stories pull you in, startle you, stay with you long after you have finished the book……" Peery teaches at Old Dominion University.


Peery read with fellow ODU MFA Faculty: Luisa Igloria, Michael Pearson, Sheri Reynolds, Tim Seibles and Gary Short on Friday, October 6, 2000 at 4:00 p.m.

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