Patti Trimble is a poet, essayist, and visual artist living in California and Sicily, known for performances of her lyric poetry with music. Her poems are published in anthologies, journals, four chapbooks, a 1998 spoken-word CD—and two new CDs in 2014.
Patti has performed at hundreds of venues and was co-creator—and for a decade, featured poet—at the Tuolumne Poetry Festival in Yosemite, with grants from the Lannan Foundation; Poets&Writers; a Pushcart nomination; finalist awards from Glimmer Train and P&W California Writer’s Award; and writer’s residency award from Djerassi Foundation.
Patti’s poetry and visual art is a often a personal response to landscape, myth, and environmental and social concerns. She earned her MFA from Hunter College. For ten years worked as assistant to ab-ex painters Richard Pousette-Dart, Hedda Sterne, James Brooks, and Charlotte Park and she’s currently writing a book on this studio work. She teaches writing for Arcadia University Abroad, Sonoma State University OLLI Program, and Point Reyes Field Institute, and she writes for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Her recent poetry collections are “The Hills Have Turned Their Backs” and Hello Heaven! Arabic Poems from Midieval Sicily.
Two CDs, with musicians Peter Whitehead and Ramzi Harrabi
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