Patty Seyburn’s fourth collection of poems, Perfecta, was published by What Books Press in the fall of 2014. Her third book, Hilarity, won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Press (Western Michigan University, 2009). Her two previous books of poems are Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998), which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award for 2000. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, most recently The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry, and Irresistible Sonnets. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Paris Review, Poetry, New England Review, Field, Slate, Crazyhorse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, and Boston Review.
She won a 2011 Pushcart Prize for her poem, “The Case for Free Will,” published in Arroyo Literary Review. Seyburn grew up in Detroit, MI. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, an MFA in Poetry from University of California, Irvine, and a doctoral degree in poetry and literature from the University of Houston. She is an associate professor at California State University, Long Beach and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry, (www.poolpoetry.com).
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