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Local author spotlight

Veronica Patterson

Veronica Patterson is a Loveland resident and graduate of Cornell University, the University of Michigan, the University of Northern Colorado, and the Warren Wilson College MFA program. Her poetry collections include, How to Make a Terrarium; Swan, What Shores?; Thresh & Hold; & it had rained; and Sudden White Fan. She has also published two chapbooks of prose poems, This Is the Strange Part; and Maneuvers: Battle of the Little Bighorn Poems, as well as a collection of poetry and photography, The Bones Remember: A Dialogue, with photographer Ronda Stone.

Her work has won numerous prizes, including the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, Colorado Book Award for Poetry, Women Writing the West's Willa Award, The Georgia Review's Notable Essay of the Year, and the Gell Poetry Prize. Patterson’s poems have appeared in many publications, among them, The Southern Poetry Review, The Louisville Review, The Sun, The Mid-American Review, The Colorado Review, and The Midwest Quarterly.

Patterson has been awarded artists’ residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Rocky Mountain National Park, Hedgebrook, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Gell Center, and has received two Artist’s Fellowships from the Colorado Council on the Arts.

About Sudden White Fan:

In Sudden White Fan, Patterson presents a poetry collection that is a continual journey to the light. Out of the darkness, burdens are lifted, “the sudden white fan of ascent.”

“In language spare yet elegant, stylish with a sly wit, Veronica Patterson wryly observes the world around her: the domestic, the everyday, the natural world. A gentle yet keen humor emanates from the stories the poems tell and the stories’ revelation of how ‘pain abrades into self-knowledge.’ ‘nothing’ is life, love, death.”

— Mary Crow

Previous Authors


August 2018: Todd Mitchell

August 2018: Lorrie Wolfe

July 2018: Barbara Tyner

May 2018: Brad Vogler

April 2018: Margaret Mizushima

March 2018: Caryl C. Block

January 2018: Linnea Tanner


December 2017: Kris Ayers

November 2017: Joe Plummer

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