Patricia Kirkpatrick was raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and earned degrees from the University of Iowa and San Francisco State University. She published her first poetry book, Century’s Road, with Holy Cow! Press in 2004. Kirkpartrick won both the inaugural Lindquist & Vennum Poetry Prize and the 2013 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry for her second full-length, Odessa (Milkweed Editions, 2012). Her most recent poetry title is 2020’s Blood Moon.
An engaged member of the poetry community, Kirkpatrick was the longtime editor of poetry editor of Water-Stone Review. She has taught writing at various levels at schools such as Hamline University, Macalester College, the Loft, San Francisco State University, and the University of Minnesota, as well as offering writing workshops at institutions including the Princeton Theological Seminary and a range of public schools and libraries in California and Minnesota. Her work appears in many journals, among them Prairie Schooner, Threepenny Review, Poetry, and Agni Online, and in anthologies that include Robert Bly in This World and She Walks in Beauty. She is also the author of several poetry chapbooks and children’s books. Kirkpatrick is the recipient of grants from National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and Loft McKnight. The mother of two adult children, she lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.