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, and a spoken word CD—with new CDs to be released Spring 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 residencies at Djerassi Foundation.
Patti often links poetry and visual art as a personal response to landscape, myth, and environmental and social concerns. She earned her MFA from the Hunter in New York, and for many years was an exhibiting artist and assistant to ab-ex painters Richard Pousette-Dart, Hedda Sterne, James Brooks, and Charlotte Park.
Patti teaches writing and sometimes art for Arcadia University Abroad, Sonoma State University OLLI Program, and Point Reyes Field Seminars, and she is program writer for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. She is writing a book that will bring the lives and ideas of her modernist New York School mentors into something real, understandable, and useful in today’s world. Her recent poetry collections are The Hills Will Turn Their Backs, Sicily Poems and Hello Heaven! Arabic Poems from Midieval Sicily.
Patti’s two new CDs, with musicians Peter Whitehead and Ramzi Harrabi