Angela Patten is a native of Dublin, Ireland, and has lived in the United States since 1977. She received a B.A. in English from UVM and an MFA in Writing (Poetry) from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Author of three poetry collections, In Praise of Usefulness (Wind Ridge Books), Reliquaries and Still Listening (both from Salmon Poetry, Ireland) and a prose memoir, High Tea at a Low Table: Stories from an Irish Childhood (Wind Ridge Books), her work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies including Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont; Cudovista Usta (Marvellous Mouth), Drustvo Apokalipsa (Slovenia); The Breath of Parted Lips Volume II; Salmon: A Journey in Poetry, 1981-2007, Salmon Poetry; and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets (Salmon Poetry).
Angela’s poem “Tracks” won the 2016 Cape Cod Cultural Center National Poetry Prize. In 2012 she was awarded a Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has received grants for poetry from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Foundation and has been Visiting Writer at Stonecoast in Ireland, Dingle, County Kerry; Stranmillis University College-Queens, Belfast, Northern Ireland; and The Frost Place, Franconia, NH.