Artist StatementI love the narrative power of storytelling and the emotional power of poetry. I want my love of poetry to inform my prose writing with the right words in the right places, and my love of narrative to inform my poetry with glimpses into people’s lives. With both genres I work to use concrete details that engage a reader’s senses, while also exploring ideas to make my reader think: writing that is accessible without being simplistic.
Pat Valdata is an award-winning fiction writer and poet with an MFA in writing from Goddard College. Pat has twice received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2013 she was awarded a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Thanks to this grant and residency, she completed the manuscript for a book of poetry that was awarded the 2015 Donald Justice Prize. Her award-winning manuscript, Where No Man Can Touch, was published in 2015. Her other book publications are the poetry book Inherent Vice, published by Pecan Grove Press in 2011; the poetry chapbook Looking for Bivalve, which was a Pecan Grove Press contest finalist in 2002; the novel Crosswind, published in 1997 by Wind Canyon Books; and the novel The Other Sister, published by Plainview Press in 2008, which won a gold medal from the Hungarian Association’s Árpád Academy.
A native of New Jersey, Pat lives in Crisfield, Maryland. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where she teaches creative writing online. She also teaches writing for the Salisbury University Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning in the Lighthouse Literary Guild program.