Patricia Fargnoli, the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from December 2006 to March 2009, is the author of six collections of poetry. Her newest book is Then, Something (Tupelo Press, fall 2009). Her fifth collection, Duties of the Spirit (Tupelo Press, 2005) won Jane Kenyon Literary Book Award for an Outstanding Book of Poetry and was a semifinalist for the Glasgow Prize. Her first book, Necessary Light (Utah State University Press, 1999) was awarded the 1999 May Swenson Poetry Award, judged by Mary Oliver. Her book Small Songs of Pain (Pecan Grove Press, 2003) is a collection of poems triggered by Chagall’s illustrations of LaFontaine’s fables. In addition she has published two chapbooks: Lives of Others (Oyster River Press, 2003) and Greatest Hits (Pudding House Press, 2003).
Pat, a retired social worker, has won the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award and was twice a semifinalist for the Discovery / The Nation Awards. A graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, the Hartford College for Women, and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, she was also awarded an honorary BFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Arts. A member of the New Hampshire Writer’s Project and the Monadnock Pastoral Poets, and a Touring Artist for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, she currently resides in Walpole, NH.
Pat Fargnoli’s collection, Then, Something (2009), won the Silver Medal in ForeWord Magazine’s 2009 Poetry Book of the Year Awards. It also won a 2010 da Vinci Eye Award for cover design, and Honorable Mention from the 2010 Eric Hoffer Awards.
The New Hampshire Writers Project (NHWP) recently announced the winners of the 2005 New Hampshire Literary Awards, the most prestigious statewide awards program to honor outstanding works by New Hampshire authors. Walpole resident Patricia Fargnoli and Tupelo Press author was named the recipient of The Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry for her poignant collection Duties of the Spirit (Tupelo Press, 2005). Congratulations!
I began by writing mostly narrative poems about my childhood, about the birth of my children, about the events of my current-day life: marriage, travel, learning to be single and independent. Over time, I’ve continued to sometimes write about my life, especially about aging, but the poems have become, first more meditative and then more lyrical and, for the most part, I’ve shifted away from narrative. Also there has been a shift in subject to exploring places at the boundaries of things and to questions of spirituality and our relationship to the natural world.
—from an interview with Patricia at Womens Quarterly Conversation