July 8, Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word, Featured Poet Peter Martin Junker

Peter Martin Junker, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, studied religion at Arizona State and received an MFA in creative writing from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. After working as an editor in museum publications at The Art Institute of Chicago, he had a long career in nonprofit development as a grantwriter and marketing communications specialist. His work aims for the broadest possible range of storytelling within the strictures of a narrow, obsessively controlled form. His idiosyncratic poems—each limited to just 100 syllables—bring music and meaning into focus like curios displayed under crystal. Humor, poignancy, and surprise imbue his writing, whether the subject is a rodeo cowboy’s prayer, a lover’s complaint, or the unruly companion that is bipolar disorder