Poem and Essay

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Patti Trimble

lives in California and Italy. Her poems are widely published with awards from Adirondack Review, Atlanta International Poetry Contest, Djerassi Residency, Poets&Writers, Lannan Foundation, and a Pushcart nomination.  She performs lyric poetry—often with music— in the U.S. and Europe and was co-founder of Tuolumne Poetry Festival in Yosemite. She also writes essays, and lectures on the arts and the environment.


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The Penelope Poems 

is coming to The San Francisco Marsh Main Stage

Wednesday March 25, 2020 at 7:30! tickets here

Julia Norton and Maya Khosla create a tiny spoken-word chorus,  deconstructing the tale. Musician Peter Whitehead weaves improvisations with flute, strings, and song. Vocalist Julia Norton sings like a bird; artist Lauren Elder is making a sail.

Trimble’s delightful text bridges millennia, celebrating Penelope as a living, literary collage. This is a Penelope who’s been written, again and again. And she’s clearly a woman who reads: with muses such as Homer of course, Judith Butler, Socrates, Ovid, Virginia Woolf, Aristophanes, James Joyce, and Ferlinghetti. Penelope speaks from her experience, and she speaks to us personally. She’s savvy on heroism, Sirens, gender, monsters, childbirth, faithfulness, and murder. Also about unweaving as a form of reparation, and about the art of living on this wild Earth.

2019 Commonwealth Club Podcast of the Penelope Poems: listen here

Performed at The Sitting Room, Penngrove, Ca, July 13 2019 link 


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Patti offers writing workshops in wild places through Point Reyes Field Insitute, and occassional writing classes and art- history lectures for Bay Area OLLI programs. From 2003-2011 she was professor of writing and visual art, Mediterranean Center of Art and Science in Sicily, (affiliated Fairfield University).

Upcoming workshops:

New Nature Writing

Friday, April 10 to Sunday, April 12 A weekend retreat for creating new poems and short prose, focused on the natural world. In supportive community we’ll join the contemporary conversation, write from experience, discuss ideas of inter-relationship, play with forms and vocabularies, and respond to each other and other writers. All levels welcome. Offered by Point Reyes Field Institute: more info here. 

New Inquiry, New Listening

On Three “First Saturdays” 2-5 p.m., March 7, April 4, May 2Offered at no charge from The Sitting Room, Penngrove, Californiahere:  


unnamedTerra Amata

I.N.D.A  (Italian Academia Dramma Antica) installation performance at SAC Contemporary Art Museum in Siracusa, Italy. Poetic text by Patti Trimble: an “invited poem” of remembered, treasured places on Earth carried in the mind, as told in conversation by African and Syrian immigrants, Sicilian residents, and other travelers. 40 young Italian actors spoke a collaged remembrance of Beloved Earth. Directed by Michele Dell’Utri, with Doriana La Fauci and Attilo Ierna.


unnamedIn the Middle of the Night of the Road of My Life I Found Myself in a Tangled Wood

Patti Trimble spoken word and Peter Whitehead various instruments. On out of round records: link here   

With a stand-up bass as the Circles and Patti Trimble’s voice our Dantean guide, we find that the road  between Truth and Beauty is a narrow one indeed. But with her skilled  blend of poesy and music, there’s no other journey so worth taking. ITMOTNOTROMLIFMIATW is a Classic Right Now.” Bob Holman 





Patti Trimble, Ramzi Harrabi, Abdel Kabir Ghazout

Arabic poems from Sicilian poets Ibn Hamdis and others (ca. 840-1100). Tunisian-Sicilian singer Ramzi Harrabi sings Arabic versions; Patti Trimble speaks her new English translations; Abdel Ghazout creates melodies on the oud. To benefit multicultural art projects in the Mediterranean. link


patti at whitney and richardArt World Memoir:

Working Title The Irrationalists

An in-the-works memoir of ten years as studio assistant to ab-ex painters Hedda Sterne, Richard Pousette-Dart, and James Brooks. A revisioning that unearths (modernist) artists’ studio practices and conversations as seeds of contemporary thinking on art practice, making, World Wars, relationships to technology and nature, the female muse, the abandonment and re-invention of language, spiritual practice, and the Anthropocene. Advance publications:

Richard Pousette-Dart’s Studio Practice, presented in panel discussion at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2016. Centennial Celebration for Richard Pousette-Dart. To Listen:  link here , ; click the timing-line at 1:32.

An excerpt published in exhibition catalog for Richard Pousette-Dart Beginnings, 2018, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge University, UK  link here

Essay on painter Claire Anna Baker, Moskowitz-Bayse Gallery, L.A. 2017 link here;  

Panel talk, International Conference on Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies, London: Modern Art as Inquiry into the Plural Human

Independent curator for 1998 exhibition with texts: Earth/Unearth: Art Practice and Ecological Inquiry, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, California 

Program Books, 2006-2019, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival,

interviews, research and essay writing on World Dance and culture. link here


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Patti Trimble lyric poems, Bill Horvitz lyric music

A 1998 recording from nomumbling.com. Surrealist poems about real life, each beginning with a weather repor.; free download on bandcamp; link here

(Also presented in Italian translation and adaptation as Avisso ai Navigati at Ortigiafest, Sicily, by Enzo Alaimo.)


Also, pleased to have poems in these anthologies: 

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Margini di un altrove: Alcesti-Fedra-Elettra

Poems and essays dedicated to the protagonists of three Greek plays, performed in Siracusa Sicily, 2016. Text in Italian and English, edited by Elena Flavia Castagnino Berlinghieri and Katerina Papatheu; with poetry by Patti Trimble and Titos Patrikios and essays by the editors and University Women of Europe. link here


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Fire and Rain, Ecopoetry of California

edited by Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan

link here