Angela Patten is a native of Dublin, Ireland. She moved to the United States and Vermont in 1977.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont, she received an MFA in Writing from Vermont College.
Author of two poetry collections, Reliquaries (Salmon Poetry, 2007) and Still Listening (Salmon Poetry, 1999), she is also included in several anthologies including Cudovista Usta (Marvellous Mouth), Drustvo Apokalipsa (Slovenia, 2007); Salmon: A Journey in Poetry, 1981-2007, edited by Jessie Lendennie; The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets (Salmon Poetry, 1999); and Onion River: Six Vermont Poets (RNM Inc. 1997).
Her poems and essays have appeared in literary journals including The Literary Review; Prairie Schooner; Michigan Quarterly Review; Poetry Ireland Review; Calyx, Full Circle Journal, and others.
A Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Vermont, in 2012 Angela received the prestigious Kroepsch Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was the recipient of a 2007 Creation grant from the Vermont Arts Council and a 2002 Vermont Arts Endowment grant for Poetry.
Also in 2007, she was a finalist in the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry (Nimrod International Journal) and the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry competition, (Ireland) in 1996.
Angela teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Vermont. She has presented readings of her work in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Germany, the Czech Republic, and throughout Vermont and New England.