Sativa Peterson is a writer and storyteller interested in creative nonfiction, personal essay, documentary storytelling, and walking tours. She has recently performed material for Bar Flies, and has told stories for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s (SMoCA) Lit Lounge, Space 55’s A Bitch In Time, and Chow Bella’s Eating Christmas. Her work was recently exhibited as part of the Alien She exhibit at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University (2013/14). In February 2012, she won a Pitchapalooza contest at the Phoenix Indie-Authors Conference.
She is a contributing writer for the Phoenix New Times and has taught several sessions of the creative writing workshop, Fems With Pens, for young women in grades 7-12. She’s also been a member of the writing group, Mothers Who Write. Peterson’s interests include storytelling (helping others tell their stories), movement research, creative writing, oral histories, and the intersection of writing/creating/moving.
Peterson holds a MLS degree in Information and Library Science from Pratt Institute; a MJ degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley (where she specialized in Documentary); and a BA degree in Drama/Dance from Bard College. She is currently working on a collection of stories about being named after cannabis sativa, the Latin words for a strain of marijuana.