A sought-after speaker, inspiring teacher and experienced leader of workshops and residencies, Patricia crafts innovative classes in writing and performance for squirming 1st-graders, seasoned slammers, soccer moms, prisoners, surly preteens and college students….she’s shared the stage with Viggo Mortenson, Madeline Albright and Chicago mayor Richard Daley.

Patricia’s groundbreaking book Blood Dazzler — which chronicles the human, emotional and physical toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina — was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, and one of NPR’s Top Books of 2008…(her) honors include the National Poetry Series, a Pushcart Prize and the first-ever Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry.

– excerpted from her web site, Wordwoman

Her itinerary is here…think I’ll go get schooled in September…