"Munson is a stylist extraordinaire." - Rebecca Brown
Peggy Munson laces magical realism and tumbled tropes with pleated tartan to blow the buttons of contemporary lit. wide open. Reviewers of her Project Queerlit-winning novel Origami Striptease compared her to William S. Burroughs, Djuna Barnes and Jeanette Winterson, dubbing her “a kick-ass novelist to watch out for,” “a stylist extraordinaire,” and a “wet dream.” Reviewers for her new collection of poetry, Pathogenesis, called her work “possessed of a stylistic brilliance and extraordinary humanism,” and “utterly beautiful, utterly strange, and utterly itself.” Peggy is also the editor of the groundbreaking anthology Stricken: Voices from the Hidden Epidemic of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which one reviewer called “The single best book I've read that honestly and fully describes the CFIDS experience.”
Peggy has performed via phone and DVD at Sins Invalid, the Femme Show, Not Queer Enough, and many other performance events across the U.S. and Canada. Her work has also been translated into Italian, used as a course text at Stanford, and presented at Cornell, UC Berkeley, New Words, Virginia's Festival of the Book, and elsewhere. Additionally, Peggy achieved notoriety when her writing was so confoundingly difficult to categorize that it was censored by the thought police of San Francisco! She has been on radio shows such as Gendertalk, Antidote Radio, Pirate Cat Radio, and the Diana Cage Show on Sirius.
Peggy's work has been anthologized in books such as Best American Poetry, Best American Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica 1998-2008, Hers3, Genderqueer, On Our Backs, and Tough Girls. Her fiction has also appeared in Blithe House Quarterly, Lodestar Quarterly, Margin: Exploring Modern Magical Realism, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Her poetry has appeared in Literature and Medicine, Marginalia, the Spoon River Poetry Review, Sinister Wisdom, and 13th Moon
Peggy was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, and Cottages at Hedgebrook. She was a finalist for the Astraea grant and the Spoon River Poetry Review's Editor's Prize. Peggy was also a winner of the San Francisco Bay Guardian Fiction Contest.
Pathogenesis was a finalist for the Dorset Prize, the Winnow Press Open Book Award, the Tupelo Press First Book Competition , the Word Works/Washington Prize, and the Carnegie-Mellon Poetry Series. Pathogenesis was a semifinalist for the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Verse Prize, the Eastern Washington University Spokane Prize, and the University of Wisconsin Pollack Prize, as well as the Second Runner Up for the Tupelo Press First Book Prize. A native of Normal, IL, Peggy now lives in Massachusetts.