Dreadful : Luminosity is a sequence of poems about what it means to live in this world with all of its shine and dread. The poet addresses her daughter, drawing a lyric map to the highways, chapels and alleyways where she might find the answers to the questions she will have as she grows into a woman.
Natalie Peeterse has an MFA from the University of Montana. She is the editor of Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems after Federico Garcia Lorca through Open Country Press. Her work has appeared in the anthology I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights (Lost Horse Press) and many journals, including the Southern Humanities Review, Blackbird and the Sonora Review. Her chapbook Black Birds : Blue Horse, An Elegy won the Gold Line Press Poetry Prize in 2011. She has been a fellow with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a participant at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and an artist in residence at the Caldera Institute. She is a recipient of the 2013 Artist Innovation Award by the Montana Arts Council.