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, response, and connection to landscape, myth, and environmental and social concerns. Current projects include a collection of anthropocene poems; a memoir of her 1980s studio work with ab-ex painters Richard Pousette-Dart, Hedda Sterne, and James Brooks, presenting American modernism as a transcendental project; co-translations of Sicilian Arabic poems; and an ongoing painting series of California’s endangered plants. Two spoken word and music CDs, with musicians Peter Whitehead and Ramzi Harrabi have just been released on SF’s independent out of round record label.