Department of Writing


Patricia Clark is Poet-in-Residence and Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University. She is the author of three books of poetry: She Walks Into the Sea (2009), My Father on a Bicycle  and North of Wondering. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, Slate, Poetry, Mississippi Review, The Gettysburg Review, New Letters,  New England Review, Pennsylvania Review, North American Review, and The Seattle Review. She has also co-edited an anthology of contemporary women writers called Worlds in Our Words. In summer 2009, Voices from the American Land published a chapbook of Patricia’s work entitled Given the Trees.

Upcoming readings:

February 3, 2010  7 p.m. Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Free, open to the public.

April 8, 2010 11 a.m. Michigan State Univ Press booth, Book fair, AWP Conference, Denver, Colorado

April 13, 2010 7 p.m. Grand Rapids Public Library main branch, downtown Grand Rapids.

April 14, 2010 5 p.m. GVSU, Allendale campus, location TBA. With Sean Prentiss.

April 22, 7 p.m. Literary Life Bookstore & More, 758 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI.

November 10, 2010 7 p.m. Michigan State University Center for Poetry at the Residential College for the Arts and Humanities, Snyder-Phillips Hall at MSU.

See Patricia's Authors Guild website for more information on her books & how to order them:

Patricia's roots are in the Pacific Northwest, where she graduated from the University of Washington (in economics), going on to receive an MFA in English and creative writing from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Houston.

The Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2005-2007, Patricia Clark was invited with two other poets to open the Library of Congress's noon reading series in Washington, D.C. in fall 2005. Awards for her work include The Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, 2nd prize in the Pablo Neruda/NIMROD awards, co-winner of the Lucille Medwick Award (Poetry Society of America), the Gwendolyn Brooks Prize, and a Creative Artist grant from ArtServe Michigan as well as residencies at The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale, and the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland. Patricia’s work has been featured on the websites of Poetry Daily and Verse Daily.

Additional links:

Here is a an interview with Patricia Clark by MSU Press -- about her book She Walks Into the Sea.

Here is a review of Clark's 2005 book, My Father on a Bicycle:

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