Friday, November 19, 2010

For Immediate Release: Nov. 19, 2010 (Press Release)

Nov. 19, 2010
Contact: Steve Peacock


[PT. PLEASANT] – Point Pleasant resident Steve Peacock not only found out in recent weeks that his poetry is being published, but was taken by surprise when the editors of three different literary journals notified him they would be putting his work into print.

The Idiom, known by many as the “biggest underground literary magazine in the state of New Jersey,” was the first to contact Peacock this month. Editor Mark Brunetti said he will be featuring two of Peacock’s poems in the next print edition, slated to be released sometime after Thanksgiving.

Monkeybicycle, an imprint of the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based small press Dzanc Books, was the next to notify Peacock that it will be publishing his poetry in an upcoming print edition. The very next day, Grub Street, the literary journal of Towson University, likewise contacted him to announce it will be publishing his poetry.

“These developments in my nascent creative-writing career were completely unexpected,” Peacock said. “It was only this past September that a literary journal picked up my poetry for the first time. Having three publications — all within the span of two weeks — express interest in my work is a thrill, to say the least.”

His poetry also has been published by the Edison Literary Review, another New Jersey-based journal. Peacock, who recently obtained state certifications as an English teacher and special-education instructor, has written professionally for many years, primarily as a journalist. He most recently worked as a congressional correspondent for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C., where he wrote about technology policy during the last two years of the Clinton Administration and the first few years of the Bush Administration.

Peacock, who also previously worked in New York City as a hotel detective – or “hotel dick,” as the job traditionally is known – likewise is the author of Hotel Dick, a memoir about his experiences at the Helmsley Palace, Manhattan’s former playground of the rich and famous. In addition to writing poetry and memoir, Peacock is working on a screenplay that he hopes someday to market to Hollywood.

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