Patricia Roth Schwartz, poet, memoirist, writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, and editor, has had published seven volumes of poetry, including Planting Bulbs in a Time of War, and Other Poems, and Charleston Girls: a Memoir in Poems of a West Virginia Childhood, both by FootHills. 2016. Schwartz is also widely published in small press journals including Nimrod, Clackamas Literary Review, South Carolina Review, Palo Alto Review, Iron Horse, and Blueline. For two years, as an adjunct instructor, Schwartz taught college courses to inmates at the Cayuga Correctional Faculty in Moravia, New York through the Inmate Higher Education Program (IHEP) of New York State. From 2001 to 2015, she served as a volunteer inside the Auburn Correctional Facility in Auburn, NY where she facilitated a weekly poetry workshop with inmates. In 2008, she was named ACF’s Volunteer of the Year, and has edited four published books of their work, including the anthology, Doing Time to Cleanse My Mind. She is currently writing a memoir about her experiences as a prison volunteer, and is working towards a 2018-19 publication release.
In 2010, she was awarded two arts grants through the De-Centralization (DEC) program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), one grant for a Literary Arts Reading Series held at the Waterloo Library & Historical Society, and the other for herself to read from her work and conduct workshops throughout the Finger Lakes. Schwartz frequently presents writing workshops in numerous venues including Writers & Books in Rochester NY, and local libraries, community centers, and arts councils. 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 (2017,) recently re-issued in expanded format by Clare Songbirds. She lives with her partner, Sandy Zohari, and their dog Rosie on their thirty-five acre property, Sage-Thyme Haven, in Waterloo in the Finger Lakes. Reach her at www.patriciarothschwartz.com