Biography of Pattiann Rogers
Pattiann Rogers (born 1940) is an American poet, and is on the faculty of the low residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Pacific University.
She was born in Joplin, Missouri, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri in 1961. She received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Houston in 1981. She taught at the University of Texas, the University of Montana, and at Washington University in St. Louis. She was the Ferrol Sams Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Mercer University. She was Associate professor, and taught in the MFA Creative Writing Program during the spring semesters, 1993 to 1997, at the University of Arkansas.
In May 2000, she was in residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy She is a contributing editor at The Alaska Quarterly Review. She lives in Colorado with her husband and has two sons.
Firekeeper was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books Published in 1994, was one of five finalists for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize (given by the Academy of American Poets) in 1994, and received the Natalie Ornish Poetry Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. Song of the New World Becoming contains all of Rogers' poems in previously published books, 40 new poems, and line and title indexes. It was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was named an Editor's Choice, Top of the List by Booklist.
Rogers has received two NEA Grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2005 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, and a 1993 Lannan Literary Fellowship. Her poems have been awarded the Tietjens Prize for Poetry, the Hokin Prize, and the Bock Prize for Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, the Strousse Award from Prairie Schooner, in 1993 and 1996, five Pushcart Prizes, and an appearance in The Best American Poetry of 1996, edited by Adrienne Rich. She was the 1987 poet in residence at The Frost Place in Franconia, NH, and in 2004 she was judge for the National Poetry Series.
Pattiann Rogers Poems
Counting What The Cactus Contains
Elf owl, cactus wren, fruit flies incubating In the only womb they'll ever recognize. Shadow for the sand rat, spines And barbary ribs clenched with green wax.
I remember you. You're the one who lifted your ancient bones
This is about no rain in particular, just any rain, rain sounding on the roof,
Those are my bones rifted and curled, knees to chin, among the rocks on the beach, my hands splayed beneath my skull
Address: The Archaeans, One Cell Creatur...
Although most are totally naked and too scant for even the slightest
Forth Into View, Random Warriors
The slender checkered beetle, pale earth brown, sallies forth from among
I remember you. You're the one
who lifted your ancient bones
of fossil rock, pulled yourself free
of the strata like a plaster figure
rising from its own mold, became
flesh and feather, took wing,
arrested the sky.
You're the one who, though marble,
floated as beautifully as a white