Angela Patten is a native of Dublin, Ireland. She moved to the United States and Vermont in 1977. After graduating from the University of Vermont, she received an MFA in Writing from Vermont College.
Author of two poetry collections, Reliquaries and Still Listening, both published by Salmon Poetry, Ireland, she is also included in several anthologies including The WRUV Reader: Now in Color, A Vermont Writers’ Anthology; Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont; Cudovista Usta (Marvellous Mouth), Drustvo Apokalipsa (Slovenia); The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets; and The Breath of Parted Lips II. Her poems and essays have appeared in literary journals such as Nimrod International, Poetry Ireland, Calyx Journal, The Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, and Michigan Quarterly Review.
A Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Vermont, Angela was recipient of a 2007 Creation grant from the Vermont Arts Council and a 2002 Vermont Arts Endowment grant for Poetry. She was visiting poet at The Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching in New Hampshire in 2012. In 2007 she was Poet-in-Residence at Stranmillis University College-Queens in Belfast, N.I.
A prose memoir about growing up in Dublin, entitled High Tea at a Low Table, will be released in September by Wind Ridge Books of Vermont.