Patrice M. Wilson


Mililani, HI 96789-6617

Author's Bio

Born in Newark, NJ. Have lived in North Carolina, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, and Hawaii. Educated at Yale (student); U-Maryland, College Park (graduated BA English); U-Hawaii at Manoa (MA with Poetry Thesis and PhD in English). Associate Professor of English Emerita, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawaii. Retired 2015. Entered Carmelite Monastery, Kaneohe, Hawaii, in 2014 to study to be a Carmelite cloistered nun and left in 2019. Fully retired and loving it! 

Publications & Prizes

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award (Aesthetica Magazine Ltd., 2022)
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2021 (Aesthetica Magazine Ltd., 2021)
Sunset Inn: Tales from the North Shore (Romance Writers of America, Aloha Chapter, 2012)
Rhysling Anthology (Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, 2011)
Hues of Darkness, Hues of Light (eLectio Publishing, 2013)
A Different Current (Finishing Line Press, 2011)
On Neither Side (Finishing Line Press, 2009)
When All Else Falters (Finishing Line Press, 2003)
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Agape Review
Barbaric Yawp
Bloodroot Literary Magazine
Calvert Review
Closed Eye Open
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Conversations Across Borders
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Dream International Quarterly
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Hawaii Review
Journal of New Jersey Poets
Lucid Moon
Nethula Journal
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Otherwise Engaged
Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts
Poetica Review
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Silent Spark Press
Snail Mail Review
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Trouvaille Review
Word On The Street: A new journal of Jesus poems
Prizes won: 

University of Hawaii Myrle Clark Poetry Competition, Third Prize; Academy of American Poets UH Competition, Honorable Mention; First runner up in Redgreene Press (Pittsburgh, PA) Poetry Chapbook Contest;  Runner up in Dead Metaphor Press Chapbook Contest. Fifth Honorable Mention in Finishing Line Press’s (Ohio) New Women’s Voices Poetry Contest;Nomination for the Science Fiction Poetry Association Best (published) Short Poem. Hawaii Literary Arts Council Loretta Petrie Award, for outstanding service to the Hawaii literary arts community; longlisted in Aesthetica Creative Writing Contest 2020 and 2021 (Poetry). 10th place Poetry Superhighway Contest 2022. Pushcart Prize Nomination 2022: Susan Furst, Ed. Word on the Street Magazine, UW-Stout.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins; T.S. Eliot; Ezra Pound; Pablo Neruda; Robert Hayden; Lucille Clifton; Denise Levertov; Charles Simic; Amy Clampitt; Mary Oliver; Billy Collins; Gwendolyn Brooks; Juan de Yepes; Shakespeare; Elizabeth Alexander; Joy Harjo; Haunani Kay Trask; Hone Tuwhare; Diana Woodcock; Troy Jollimore. Novelists: Chinua Achebe; Louise Ehrdrich; Patricia Grace. Others: James Joyce; Karol Wojtyla; Robert Barron; Phillip Krill; Bharati Mukherjee; Annie Dillard.
What I'm reading now: 
Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry by Jay Hopper and Kimberly Johnson, Eds., The Jazz Poetry Anthology by Sascha Feinstein and Yusef Komunyakaa, Eds., Twentieth Century Latin American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology by Stephen Tapscott, Whale Day by Billy Collins

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Newark, NJ
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Roselle, NJ
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Last update: Apr 27, 2023