Patti Trimble is a poet, essayist, and visual artist, living in California and Sicily. Her writing is published in anthologies, journals, and CDs, and she performs her lyric poetry, often with music, in the US and Europe. She’s received grants from the Lannan Foundation, Poets&Writers, The Djerassi Foundation Residency, a Pushcart nomination, and finalist awards from Glimmer Train and P&W California Poets. Her MFA is from CUNY Hunter Graduate program. Patti is an advocate of poetry as spoken news in community, and in the 1990s, she helped create the Tuolumne Poetry Festival in Yosemite, bringing poets and listeners together in a wild place. Patti was professor for The Mediterranean Center for Arts and Science in Sicily for eight years, and she currently teaches for the Sonoma State University and Dominican University OLLI Programs and for Point Reyes Field Institute, and she writes for The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.
Patti practices poetry and visual art as conversation, question, and response; with lifelong interests in concepts of wilderness, visual symbols and archetypes, and contemporary social-environmental concerns. Current projects include a collection of anthropocene poems; a memoir of art, presenting late American modernism as a transcendental and symbolist project: based on her 1980s studio work with ab-ex painters: Richard Pousette-Dart, and meditative painters Hedda Sterne, and James Brooks; co-translations of Sicilian-Arabic poems; and an ongoing painting series, looking at science/symbolism/transformative acts in art, while painting California’s endangered plants. In 2014, Patti released two spoken word and music CDs, with musicians Peter Whitehead and Ramzi Harrabi, on SF’s independent out of round records.