Patricia Roth Schwartz

Patricia Roth Schwartz, poet, memoirist, fiction writerplaywright, and editor, has published seven volumes of poetry, including Planting Bulbs in a Time of WarOther Poems, and Charleston Girls: a Memoir in Poems of a West Virginia Childhood, both by FootHills. 2016. Ms. Schwartz is also widely published in several small press journals including Nimrod, Clackamas Literary Review, South Carolina Review, Palo Alto Review, Iron Horse, and Blueline. For two years, Pat, as an adjunct instructor, taught college courses to inmates at the Cayuga Correctional Faculty in Moravia, New York through the Inmate Higher Education Program of New York State. From 2001 to 2015, she also served as a volunteer inside the Auburn Correctional Facility in Auburn, NY where she conducted a weekly poetry workshop with inmates. In 2008, she was named their Volunteer of the Year, and has edited four published books of their work. She is currently writing a memoir about her experiences as a prison volunteer.  In 2010, Patricia was awarded two arts grants through the de-centralization program of the New York State Council on the Arts, one grant for a Literary Arts Reading Series convened at the Waterloo Library & Historical Society, and the other for herself to read and conduct workshops throughout the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Pat frequently presents writing workshops in several diverse venues including libraries, high schools, and art centers.  Her volume, The Crows of Copper John: a History of Auburn Prison in Poems, initially issued in 2013 by Olive Trees, was re-issued in 2017 by FootHills. Her chapbook, Know Better: poems of resistance, was issued by locofo in 2017. She lives with her partner, Sandy Zohari, and dog Rosie on their thirty-five acre property, Sage-Thyme Haven, in the Finger Lakes.