Hi, I’m Peter BG Shoemaker
I’m an award-winning writer, poet, critic, and entrepreneur-vagabond now somewhere well into my fifth decade, encamped once again in the high desert mountains of the American Southwest.
My work–nonfiction, fiction, and poetry–has appeared in a variety of publications, including Humanities Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, New Mexico Magazine, Ultrarunning Magazine, The Albuquerque Journal, El Palacio Magazine, The Santa Fe Reporter, Thinking Highways, the Faircloth Review, The Wall Street Journal, Medium Curated, Potluck Magazine, and Abyss & Apex.
Here are a few pieces people have particularly liked…
On the nonfiction side, Creator of Creators about Mabel Dodge Luhan in New Mexico Magazine was a hit. So too have been a series of columns I’m doing on conservation for El Palacio Magazine, one of which–on ceramics–I particularly enjoyed. If you think you might want me to write for you, or if you’re just particularly interested, here’s a fuller list of my nonfiction publications.
In the world of poetry, I am–like everyone else–writing madly and publishing occasionally. Two recent works that I’m very pleased to see out in the wild are a Homer-meets-spaceships piece in the Hugo-nominated magazine Abyss & Apex, and a rumination on those memories I have of my father, published in the always-challenging Potluck Magazine.
Although I started out as a short story writer, those markets have dissolved as quickly as they’ve come up, and the best piece still available online is in the incendiary Molotov Cocktail, and treats a prisoner at the end of his figurative rope.
I also co-host a twice-a-month podcast with retired Navy chaplain and university dean, Steve Smith. Hello, Human grapples with the questions of what it means to be, and how to be, a human in a world of machines and algorithms. It is an ongoing and idiosyncratic conversation–embedded deeply in the humanities–that makes the argument that those of us not made of silicon still have something to say about the future we’re all rushing into. Each episode deals with a specific question, often taken from those writing or speaking most eloquently about our contemporary human condition. There are digressions, rambling monologues that even occasionally return to the topic at hand, and honest explorations of meaning, relevance, and applicability. It’s eavesdropping at its best. You can listen and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, and elsewhere. An entire archive is available on the show’s website. This same attention to the importance of the human also shows up in my commercial writing work, which is focused almost exclusively on helping high-technology companies trying to be understood by the rest of us.
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