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’s publications include four poetry collections, The Oriole & the Ovenbird (Kelsay Books 2021), In Praise of Usefulness (Wind Ridge Books 2014), Reliquaries (Salmon Poetry, Ireland 2007) and Still Listening (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 1999), and a prose memoir, High Tea at a Low Table: Stories From An Irish Childhood (Wind Ridge Books 2013).

Winner of the 2022 Anthony Cronin International Short Poem Award and the 2016 Cultural Center of Cape Cod National Poetry Prize, Patten has received artist grants from the University of Vermont Retired Scholars Award Program, the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Foundation. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and in anthologies including The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing; The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets; Cudovista Usta (Marvelous Mouth), Drustvo Apokalipsa (Slovenia); The Breath of Parted Lips Volume II; Birchsong I and II: Poetry Centered in Vermont; and Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry.

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, she now lives with her husband, poet Daniel Lusk, in Burlington, Vermont, where she is a Senior Lecturer Emerita in the English Department 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