Hemet, California, United States
Peggy recently completed a 105,000 speculative fiction piece, Lady Beautimus. Her agent, Denise Dumars, from the Ashley Grayson Agency, recently retired so Peggy is activelyh seeking a new agent to represent her new book. She is also a poet who has been published under the names of Peggy Wheeler and Peggy Dembicer in small press magazines, including (among others), Grue,Bouillabaisse, Buffalo Bones, Expressionists (Pepperdine University), The Northridge Review (Cal State Northridge), Mad Dog Press, and Spreading the Word (a collection of Los Angeles poetry award recipients).
Her work has appeared in several women’s anthologies, including Her Day Begins Flamingo Pink, and Seasonings for a Colorado Afternoon, and others. She earned her undergraduate degree in English Literature from U.C.L.A. She completed her graduate studies at California State University at Northridge with a creative writing emphasis. Her Master’s thesis was a volume of poetry.
Peggy has read at many venues in both California and Colorado, and was a featured reader at a Los Angeles Poetry Festival, at a state-wide poetry event held at the
University of Denver in Colorado, and at the Cedar Street Theater in Lancaster , CA , as well as other festivals and poetry gatherings. As an undergraduate student at U.C.L.A,
Peggy was one of only twelve students (and the only undergraduate student) to have been chosen to study with Robert Pinsky (former poet laureate of the United States) when he was a visiting professor. Peggy poems, Meet Chenchi Trumpuda and Baba October each won first prizes from the Evergreen Women’s Press nationwide poetry contest. She
received an honorable mention for Baba October from the judges of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival contest, and received an honorable mention for her poem An
Embarrassment of Angels from prestigious The Academy of American Poets. She was nominated for a Rhysling award for the best Science Fiction poem for her long poem, Du
Fu (published in Les Femmes de la Nuit, 1995). Peggy also has led adult poetry workshops and taught a poetry class for a northern California charter school.
In addition to poetry, Peggy authored an alternative health column “Holistic Alternatives” for four years in Colorado Serenity magazine, and has published health related
articles in another Colorado magazine, Mountain Connection. Peggy was a technical writer for a number of years, and for four years was the lead technical writer for Warner Bros. Studios before entering into corporate management where she had a long career directing technical writers, technical trainers, editors and translators for several large companies.
Most recently, Peggy’s article about Fruit Magic appeared in Lewellyn’s 2012 Magical Almanac. Additionally, she writes web content and marketing materials for an organic gardening company that specializes in placing organic gardens in schools. Peggy has led adult poetry workshops and taught a poetry class for a California charter school. Peggy was just appointed Editor for an online literary magazine, Straightjackets.
Interests: gardening, hiking, camping, cooking, wine tasting, reading, writing, soap making, travelling, museums, live performance, music, dogs, nature
Published writer: Yes