Senior Lecturer

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.

Publications

Books

In Praise of Usefulness--Poetry, Wind Ridge Books (2014)
High Tea at a Low Table: Stories from an Irish Childhood, Wind Ridge Books (2013)
Reliquaries, Salmon poetry, Ireland (2007)
Still Listening, Salmon Poetry, Ireland (1999)

 

Awards and Recognition

Cultural Center of Cape Cod National Poetry Prize, 2016
Vermont Community Foundation Arts Endowment grant, 2015
Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry (Nimrod International) Finalist, 2014
Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012
Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant, 2007
Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry (Nimrod International) Finalist, 2007
Vermont Community Foundation Arts Endowment grant, 2002
Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition, (Ireland) Runner-Up, 1996

Areas of Expertise and/or Research


Creative Writing, Expository Writing

Education

  • M.F.A. Vermont College, 1996

Contact

Office Location:

311 Old Mill

Office Hours:

Fall 2019: W 1:00 - 3:00 pm, or by appointment

Website(s):
  1. www.carraigbinn.com

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Personal Essay
  • Expository Writing
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Advanced Writing: Poetry
  • Readings in Contemporary Poetry
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Contemporary Irish Literature
  • Irish Literature and Film
  • 19th Century British Literature
  • Written Expression