Peter was born in New York and raised in Louisiana. After receiving a B.A. in History from Tufts University, he taught abroad in the Czech Republic and ultimately earned his Ph.D. in English-Creative Writing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2001. Following a post-doctoral year in Seattle, he returned to New York where he currently teaches English at Hunter College High School and lives with his wife in Brooklyn. Landsman is his first novel.