Todd Robert Petersen

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Todd Robert Petersen
Born (1969-08-17) August 17, 1969 (age 54)
Moses Lake, Washington, U.S.
  • Writer
  • academic
Alma mater University of Oregon
Northern Arizona University
Oklahoma State University
Genre Fiction

Todd Robert Petersen was born in Moses Lake, Washington on August 17, 1969. He is a fiction writer and an academic currently based at Southern Utah University. He and his wife Alisa have three children.


He is one of eleven writers selected by the Utah Arts Council to represent the arts in Utah education. [1]


Petersen's fiction has appeared in many print and online magazines. In 2007, his work was collected into the collection Long After Dark. Petersen's work is highly regarded in the Mormon Arts community where Long Before Dark has been called what "should be the model for LDS literature." [2]

Petersen's fiction and poems have won him several awards, including the AWP Intro Award, [3] the Marilyn Brown Novel Award, [4] Utah Arts Award, and Sunstone Foundation awards.

Peterson was a founding editor of The Sugar Beet, an online Mormon satire zine comparable to The Onion .

His first novel Rift was released in 2009 by Zarahemla Books. It has been awarded both the Marilyn Brown Award and the Association for Mormon Letters Award for best novel of 2009.


Petersen received his bachelors at the University of Oregon, his masters at Northern Arizona University and his doctorate at Oklahoma State University. His masters and doctorate focused on creative writing. He received his PhD in 2001 and moved to SUU the same year. [5] [6]

His academic writing focuses on Western, Mormon, and pop-culture themes.

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  2. Salt Lake City Weekly
  3. "AML Awards". A Motley Vision. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  4. "Southern Utah University (SUU) Faculty Expert Profile and Biography". SUU. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  5. Southern Utah University faculty page
  6. Utah Arts Council