Jo Patti


512 W MLK Jr. Blvd #117
Austin, TX 78701

Author's Bio

Jo Patti was born in the USA, but moved 13 times before she was 11. She has lived and worked on 6 continents and published work in fiction, technical writing, reporting and non-fiction. Jo was selected as a "Poet on Wheels" by the Australian New South Wales Arts Council in 1998 and awarded the honor of being an "Artist for Life" by the Texas Commission on the Arts for her work in the fields of Story telling, Choreography and Poetry in 1999. Jo is an educator, a third class radio engineer, a flautist, a student of martial arts, an avid hiker and a mother and TCM health practitioner. She's received a number of awards over the years, including being the first female to win the Circumnavigators Club Fellowship, Outstanding Professor for YSMU (Armenia 2010) and chosen as a Specialist for the US Department of State Near East bureau (2018). Jo's work is published in New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Pakistan, Russia and Iraq (in English).  In 2019 Jo was awarded a "Certificate of Honor" for her Achievement and Attitude in Martial Arts from the Yun Tai International Martial Arts Training Center in Henan, China.

Publications & Prizes

Di-Verse-City Anthology 2016 (Austin International Poetry Festival, 2016)
Spoils of War (AIPF, 2016)
World Words: An Anthology of International Writers in New Zealand (HeadworX Publishers, 2006)
Women’s Encounters With the Mental Health Establishment: Escaping the Yellow Wallpaper (Haworth Press, 2002)
In Labour (AIPF, 2000)
Red Ink Magazine
Prizes won: 


Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology "Honorable Mention" for original poem "Spoils of War" in 2016

Texas Council on the Arts "Artist for Life" Award in the fields of poetry, storytelling and choreography 1999

Australian New South Wales Arts Award and designated Poet on Wheels for travel and readings in 1998

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Joy Harjo, Sara Teasdale, James Dickey, William Blake, Theodore Roethke, William Shakespeare, Dante, Lorca, Isabelle Allende, Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, T.S. Elliot, Rumi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Anton Chekov, Richard Marcinko
What I'm reading now: 
The Terminal List by Jack Carr

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Fluent in: 
English, French
Born in: 
Woodbury, NJ
New Jersey
Raised in: 
many different cities, TX
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Last update: Jun 09, 2019