Patricia Clark

Writer, Professor, Poet in Residence at Grand Valley State University

New chapbook (summer 2016): Wreath for the Red Admiral

Sunday Rising (2013)

Cover painting (oil) by Stan Krohmer

Sunday Rising (2013)
Sunday Rising, Patricia Clark’s fourth poetry collection, opens with a haunting vision of human forms risen from the underworld, figures who lean together, trying to communicate, and ending in the final section with poems that question the past, her heritage, human relationships and the meaning of loss. In between the poems of Sunday Rising explore the near worlds of Michigan, as well as the farther worlds of the Pacific Northwest, of The Netherlands and France. There are cracks, fissures, in the worlds shown here, as well as lyric exhalations rising like clouds beyond the named birds, trees and shores. Here is language that expresses her spiritual longing and moments of passion and sorrow.

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Patricia Clark is Poet-in-Residence and Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University. She is the author of four books of poetry: Sunday Rising (forthcoming in February 2013), She Walks Into the Sea, My Father on a Bicycle, and North of Wondering. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, Slate, Poetry, Mississippi Review, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Pennsylvania Review, North American Review, Seattle Review, and Iowa Woman. She has also co-edited an anthology of contemporary women writers called Worlds in Our Words.

A chapbook of poetry, Given the Trees, also appeared in 2009, part of a series called Voices from the American Land.

Recent work appears in Superstition Review, Temenos , and Dunes Review, and is forthcoming in Plume, Tampa Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review.

Patricia's roots are in the Pacific Northwest, where she graduated from the University of Washington (in economics), going on to receive an MFA in English and creative writing from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Houston.

The Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2005-2007, Patricia Clark was invited with two other poets to open the Library of Congress's noon reading series in Washington, D.C. in fall 2005. Some of the awards Patricia has received for her work include: a Creative Arts Grant from ArtServe Michigan, The Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the Pablo Neruda/​NIMROD award, the Gwendolyn Brooks Prize, and co-winner of the Lucille Medwick Award of the Poetry Society of America. Patricia has also been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale, and the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland. Patricia's poems have been featured on the websites of Poetry Daily and Verse Daily.
photo credit: Stan Krohmer

Selected Works

Michigan State University Press has a new catalog out. Ask for one on their website.
A poet expresses her desire to find a pastoral refuge in nature.
My second book, published in 2005.
Collaborative work
Poems by Patricia Clark & prints by Steven Sorman
Poetry Chapbook (one in a subscription series)
A selection of new poems & some previously published ones
My first book of poetry--winner of the Women in Literature Poetry competition.

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