Patricia Valdata

Poet, Fiction Writer

Crisfield, MD 21817

Author's Bio

Pat Valdata is a poet and novelist with an MFA in writing from Goddard College. Her fiction publications include two novels, Crosswind and The Other Sister, which won a gold medal from the Árpád Academy in 2008. She also has two poetry books, Where No Man Can Touch (winner of the 2015 Donald Justice Poetry Prize) and Inherent Vice, and the chapbook Looking for Bivalve. She is a past recipient of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Valdata is an adjunct professor who teaches creative writing for the University of Maryland Global Campus and the Salisbury University Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning. Valdata has judged creative writing competitions in poetry and fiction. She has read her work in Washington, DC; Lewes, DE; Newark, DE; Annapolis, MD; Bethesda, MD; Columbia, MD; Elkton, MD; New Brunswick, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; West Chester, PA; and Amherst, VA.

Publications & Prizes


The Other Sister (Plain View Press, 2008)
Amarillo Bay
Grasslands Review


Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle (Kelsay Books, 2018)
More Challenges for the Delusional (Diode Editions, 2018)
Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017)
Challenges for the Delusional (Jane Street Press, 2012)
The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems (Red Hen Press, 2011)
Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po LISTSERV (Red Hen Press, 2008)
In Praise of Pedagogy (Calendar Island Publishing, 2000)
Boomer Girls (University of Iowa Press, 1999)
Where No Man Can Touch (West Chester University Poetry Center, 2015)
Inherent Vice (Pecan Grove Press, 2011)
Looking for Bivalve (Pecan Grove Press, 2002)
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Tattoo Highway
Prizes won: 

Donald Justice Poetry Prize, 2015

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellowship, 2013

Gold Medal, Hungarian Association, 2009

Maryland Individual Artist Grant for poetry, 2001, 2003

Honorable mention, Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Contest, 2003

First place, Eastern Shore Regional Poetry Competition, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2010

Finalist, Pecan Grove Press Poetry Chapbook Competition, 2002

First place, Icarus Poetry Competition, 1996

Joseph C. Lincoln Award for short story, 1994

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
Feminist, Hungarian American, Italian American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers
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Born in: 
New Brunswick, NJ
New Jersey
Raised in: 
New Brunswick, NJ
New Jersey
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Last update: May 14, 2019