Pattiann Rogers' Biography


Pattiann Rogers has published fifteen books, most recently Holy Heathen Rhapsody (Penguin Poets, 2013),  The Grand Array, Writings on Nature, Science, and Spirit (Trinity U. Press, 2010), Wayfare (Penguin Poets, 2008) and Firekeeper, Expanded and Revised Edition   (Milkweed, 2005).   

Song of the World Becoming, New and Collected Poems, 1981 - 2001 (Milkweed Editions) contains all of her poems previously published in books, plus forty new poems, and line and title indexes. It was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award and was named an Editor's Choice, Top of the List by Booklist.

Her sixth book, Firekeeper, New and Selected Poems , was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books Published in 1994 and was one of five finalists for the Lenore Marshall Award given by the Academy of American Poets for the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in 1994. It also received the Natalie Ornish Poetry Award from the Texas Institute of Letters.

Her remaining books include The Expectations of Light (Princeton University Press, 1981); The Tattooed Lady in the Garden (Wesleyan University Press, 1986); Legendary Performance (Ion Press, 1987); Splitting and Binding (Wesleyan University Press, 1989); Geocentric (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1993); Eating Bread and Honey (Milkweed Editions, 1997); A Covenant of Seasons, a collaboration with the artist Joellyn Duesberry (Hudson Hills Press, 1998), The Dream of the Marsh Wren, Writing as Reciprocal Creation (Milkweed Editions, 1999) in the Credo Series, and Generations (Penguin Poets, 2004)

She has received two NEA Grants, A Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2005 Lannan Literary  Award in Poetry, and a 1993 Lannan Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have been awarded the Tietjens Prize, the Hokin Prize, and the Bock prize from Poetry, the Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, the Strousse Award from Prairie Schooner, in 1993 and 1996, five Pushcart Prizes, and an appearance in Best American Poetry in 1996 and 2009.  Her work has also appeared in Best Spiritual Writing in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2010 and in many anthologies and textbooks, including The Prentice Hall Anthology of Women's Literature, Verse and Universe, Poets of the New Century, The Measured Word (On Poetry and Science), Stand-Up Poetry, The Made Thing, The Discovery of Poetry.

In May, 2000, she was in residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy.

She was born in Joplin, Missouri, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA from the University of Missouri in 1961. She received a Master of Arts from the University of Houston in 1981. She has taught at the University of Texas, the University of Montana, Washington University of St. Louis, and Mercer University as the Ferrol Sams Distinguished Writer-in-Residence. She was associate professor and taught in the MFA Creative Writing Program during the spring semesters, 1993 to 1997, at the University of Arkansas.  She is the mother of two sons and the grandmother of three grandsons and lives with her husband, a retired geophysicist, in Colorado.

Patti in office

Top Photo by the Villa Serbelloni Staff, bottom photo by John Rogers