University of Vermont

Installation of 26th President - E. Thomas Sullivan

Installation Speaker: Patricia Hampl

Patricia HamplRegents Professor, University of Minnesota

Patricia Hampl is the author, most recently, of The Florist’s Daughter and Blue Arabesque, both winners of numerous year-end “best” awards, including the New York Times “100 Notable Books of the Year.”  She first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her memoir about her Czech heritage, awarded a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. This book and subsequent works established her as an influential figure in the rise of autobiographical writing in the past 25 years.

Ms. Hampl’s other work includes two collections of poetry, as well as Spillville, a meditation on Antonin Dvorak’s 1893 summer in Iowa, and Virgin Time, about her Catholic upbringing and an inquiry into contemplative life. I Could Tell You Stories, her collection of essays on memory and imagination, was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction. Her fiction, poems, reviews, essays and travel pieces have appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Paris Review, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays.

She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Bush Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (twice, in poetry and prose), Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Djerassi Foundation. In 1990 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She was a Fulbright Fellow to Prague in 1995.

Ms. Hampl is Regents Professor and McKnight Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Minnesota. She is also a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Program. She regularly gives readings, lectures and workshops across the country and internationally.

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