Professor Patricia Clark

Ph.D. English, University of Houston
M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Montana
B.A. Economics, University of Washington
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Patricia Clark is the author of five volumes of poetry, including most recently The Canopy (2017) and Sunday Rising (2013). She has also published three chapbooks: Wreath for the Red Admiral and Given the Trees; a new one, Deadlifts, is just coming out from New Michigan Press. Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and has appeared in The AtlanticGettysburg ReviewPoetrySlate, and Stand. She was a scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and has completed residencies at The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Tyrone Guthrie Center (in County Monaghan (Ireland), and the Ragdale Colony. Awards for her work include a Creative Artist Grant in Michigan, the Mississippi Review Prize, the Gwendolyn Brooks Prize, and co-winner of the Lucille Medwick Prize from the Poetry Society of America. From 2005-2007 she was honored to serve as the poet laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is Poet-in-Residence and Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

In the Writing Department, Patricia teaches Introduction to Creative Writing, Intermediate Poetry, Advanced Poetry, Introduction to Style, Style and Technique, Style and the Book, and Capstone. She is currently coordinator of Poetry Night for GVSU’s Fall Arts Celebration and faculty advisor for the Writing Club.

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Patricia Clark