Before completing a PhD in English/Poetry at the University of Utah, Peter was also an accomplished nonprofit manager who earned an M.S. degree in Social Service Planning from Columbia University School of Social Work. He has held positions as the Director of Training and Volunteer Programs, and the Director of Social Services in Manhattan and the Bronx. In addition to providing organizational and board development services, he also offered classes in direct care and foster care prevention, and fiscal advocacy.
He has served on various boards including PEN New England, the MLA Italian American Literature Committee; and he is also the founding editor-trustee of Barrow Street Inc. and the Ocean State Review, which for twelve years also sponsored the annual Ocean State Writers Conference.
In 1994, we started organizing reading events and related outreach activities out of the Greenwich House Community Center and Music School in Greenwich Village, NYC.
Since we became incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit in 1998, we’ve published a biannual and now annual literary journal still housed in NYC, and more than 55 poetry books with the assistance of PhD students and undergraduate interns at the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, RI.
In 2023, Barrow Street Books will launch a prose series that also plans to publish memoir, creative nonfiction, and shorter poetic fiction.