Kelsey Peterson
Contributor History

Kelsey Peterson
Kelsey Peterson is assistant teaching professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was an Olin Fellow. She lives in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband. Her contribution to Conjunctions:71, A Cabinet of Curiosity marks her first appearance in print and was awarded the 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.



In Print

Vol. 71
A Cabinet of Curiosity
Fall 2018
Edited by Bradford Morrow


March 19, 2019
Do this in memory of my mother

and of my mother’s mother

Here is this lacquered box (Fig. 100.5)           inlaid

with their blood
March 12, 2019
after collapsing at the plaza fountain in Turin Nietzsche gave up
coherent speech and stayed alive somewhere else for almost twelve years
his unmapped terrain resembled a canvas painted black in successive
luminous opacities of backlit abyss, if he turned on a television
this is what he saw, if he closed his eyes, if he looked out the window
again unshielded night
March 5, 2019
For once they all agreed, it would be the concert of the season, the return of the prodigy son. The Jerusalem music scene was in heat—survivors, empty seat fillers, remnants planted on their subscriptions, but from the neck up, in brainpans that went on ticking, still the strictest standards, the highest expectations.