Recently named a finalist for the 2017 Audre Lorde Award in Poetry, Juliet Patterson is the recipient of fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Minneapolis-based Institute for Community and Cultural Development. Other awards include the Arts & Letters Susan Atefat Prize in Non-Fiction and the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize.


She’s the author of two full-length books, Threnody, (Nightboat Books) and the Lambda Award finalist The Truant Lover (Nightboat Books). Her poems and essays have appeared widely in numerous magazines and she’s also published two chapbooks (one prose and one poetry) Epilogue (Spout Press) and Dirge (Albion Books). Her most recent writing project, a memoir in progress, entitled Sinkhole: A Natural History of a Suicide, was a 2017 finalist for a Loft-McKnight Award.

Patterson currently teaches through St. Olaf College, and Chatham University’s MFA program. Since 1998, she has led private creative writing workshops for individuals and groups.

As a community activist and teaching artist, she has worked on a number of collaborative projects related to place-making and the environment. Recent projects include work with the Buzz Lab at the Plain Arts Museum and with The Gymnasium’s Tink Tank, creating artistic and educational strategies to support local bee pollinators. She  has also worked on community-based art projects with the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Whittier International School, United Cambodian Association of Minnesota, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, and Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center.

She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and son near the west bank of the Mississippi and the Great River Road that stretches from Canada to the Gulf.