Angela Patten


Angela Patten
The Oriole and the Ovenbird
Kelsay Books, 2020
Angela Patten
In Praise of Usefulness
Wind Ridge Books, 2014
cover of High Tea at a Low Table Angela Patten
High Tea at a Low Table
Wind Ridge, 2013
cover of ReliquariesAngela Patten
Salmon Poetry, 2007
Angela Patten
Still Listening
Salmon Poetry, 2007


Angela Patten

Angela Patten is author of four poetry collections, The Oriole and the Ovenbird (Kelsay Books), 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, among them Poetry Ireland Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Calyx, Nimrod International Journal, Prairie Schooner, Markings (Scotland), Green Mountains Review, Even The Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry; Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont; Cudovista Usta (Marvellous Mouth), Drustvo Apokalipsa (Slovenia); The Breath of Parted Lips Volume II; Salmon: A Journey in Poetry, and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets.

Winner of the 2016 National Poetry Prize from the Cape Cod Cultural Center and a University of Vermont Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching, Angela has also received creation grants from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council. She has been Visiting Writer at Stonecoast in Ireland, (University of Southern Maine MFA Program), Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland; Stranmillis University College-Queens, Belfast, Northern Ireland; and The Frost Place, Franconia, New Hampshire.

Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in English from the University of Vermont and an MFA in Poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, she now lives in Burlington, Vermont, and is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Vermont.

Selected Poetry Readings, Workshops and Literary Presentations

  • Stonecoast in Ireland (University of Southern Maine), Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland
  • Dingle Bookshop, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland
  • The Frost Place, Franconia, New Hampshire
  • Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin, Ireland
  • Eigse Carlow Arts Festival, Ireland
  • Stranmillis University College/Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • National Baha’i Center, Dublin, Ireland
  • Plattsburgh State University, Plattsburgh, New York
  • University of Osnabruck, Germany
  • Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine
  • Live Poets’ Society, Rockport, Maine
  • Wexford Art Centre, Wexford, Ireland
  • Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

Readings in Vermont

  • University of Vermont Writers’ Workshop
  • Champlain College, Burlington
  • The Painted Word Series, UVM Fleming Museum
  • Trinity College, Burlington
  • Flynn Theater for the Performing Arts, Burlington
  • Fletcher Free Library, Burlington
  • Middlebury Writing Workshop, Middlebury
  • Vergennes Union High School, Vergennes
  • Georgia Public Library, 120th Anniversary, Georgia
  • Norman Williams Memorial Library, Woodstock
  • Ilsley Library, Middlebury
  • The Book King, Rutland
  • Carriage Books, Brandon
  • Sundog Poetry Center, Jeffersonville
  • Phoenix Books, Burlington