Veronica Patterson

VeronicaVeronica Patterson is a graduate of Cornell University, the University of Michigan, the University of Northern Colorado, and the Warren Wilson College MFA program. Her poetry collections are How to Make a Terrarium (Cleveland State University, 1987); Swan, What Shores? (NYU Press Poetry Prize, 2000), which was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ 2000 James Laughlin Award and won awards from both the Colorado Center for the Book (Colorado Book Award for Poetry) and Women Writing the West (Willa Award); Thresh & Hold, which won the Gell Poetry Prize (Big Pencil Press, 2009) and was a finalist for the 2010 Colorado Book Award for Poetry; and & it had rained (CW Books, 2013). She has also published two chapbook of prose poems, This Is the Strange Part (Pudding House Publications, 2002) and Maneuvers: Battle of the Little Bighorn Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2013), as well as a collection of poetry and photography, The Bones Remember: A Dialogue, with photographer Ronda Stone. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Southern Poetry Review, The Louisville Review, The Sun, The Madison Review, The Malahat Review, The Indiana Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Mid-American Review, The Willow Review, The Montserrat Review, The Bloomsbury Review, Willow Springs, The Colorado Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Many Mountains Moving, Coal City Review, Dogwood, New Letters, The Bellingham Review, Cimarron Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Runes, Pilgrimage, Prairie Schooner, Lumina, Rosebud, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Snake Nation Review. Her poems “Around the Block of the World” and “The Samovar” co-won the 2006 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. Patterson has been awarded artists’ residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Rocky Mountain National Park, Hedgebrook, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Gell Center. She received two Individual Artist’s Fellowships from the Colorado Council on the Arts. Her essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, PieceWork Magazine, and Pilgrimage. Her essay “Comfort Me with Apples” was selected as a Notable Essay of the Year. Visit her at


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