Patti Trimble is a writer and visual artist living in California and Sicily, known for lyric performances of her poetry with music. Her poems are published in anthologies and journals, four chapbooks, and a spoken word CD. She has performed at hundreds of venues and was co-creator—and for a decade, featured poet—at the Tuolumne Poetry Festival in Yosemite National Park. Her writing has received grants from the Lannan Foundation; Poets&Writers; a Pushcart nomination; finalist awards from Glimmer Train and P&W California Writer’s Award; and artist residencies at Djerassi Foundation.
Patti often links poetry and visual art as a personal response to landscape, myth, and environmental concerns. She earned her MFA from the Hunter Graduate Program in New York, and for ten years studied art history and craft as studio assistant to abstract-expressionist painters Richard Pousette-Dart, Hedda Sterne, James Brooks, and Charlotte Park. In 1986, she was nominated by the American Institute of Arts and Letters for “The Hinda Rosenthal Award to a Younger Painter of Distinction”, and her paintings have won juror’s awards from Sonoma MOMA and Mendocino Art Center. Her recent solo show focused on endangered California plants: “Vanishing California”, an invitational exhibit at GRO in Marin County, CA.
Patti teaches writing for Arcadia University Abroad, Sonoma State University Osher, and Point Reyes Field Seminars, and she is program writer for World Arts West in San Francisco (the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival). She is currently writing a book about the currency of modernist theories and processes in art—in appreciation of her New York School mentors—and also working on a collection of co-translations of medieval Arab-Sicilian poems and recording a new spoken-word CD.