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Pattiann Rogers


Pattiann Rogers was born in Joplin, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in Literature and a minor in Zoology. She garnered an M.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and has been a visiting poet and lecturer at colleges and universities across the country. Her poems are especially noteworthy because in them she combines scientific language and concepts with questions of cultural and spiritual values. "The discipline of science," Rogers notes, "provides a balance, a guard against an overly sentimental view of the physical world around us." In 2018 Rogers was awarded a special John Burroughs Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Nature Poetry.

About the collections: Papers, 1960-1999 (25 boxes) contains a variety of materials detailing the literary works of Pattiann Rogers. This includes manuscripts of draft copies, published and unpublished works, short stories, final copies, revisions, research materials to her works, photocopied news clippings, workshop and conference materials, business and literary correspondence, teaching materials, reviews, audio and video recordings, and computer disks. Some of her literary works include Splitting and Binding, The Tattooed Lady in the Garden, Legendary Performance, Firekeeper, A Covenant of Seasons, The Dream of the Marsh Wren, and Geocentric.

Papers, 1977-2000 (2 boxes) consists primarily of correspondence with literary agents, academic professionals, friends, and fans. A few files include early poems and essays from Rogers' college years, drafts of poems and essays from works written in 2000, an unpublished interview by Bill Yake, and a file of reviews and curriculum vitae.

Papers, 1965-2010 (11 boxes) includes manuscripts copies of published and unpublished works, final copies and revisions of poems and essays, research material, workshop, conference and project materials, business, literary and personal correspondence, teaching materials, reviews, audio and video recordings, photographs, and computer disks. Correspondents include Rick Bass, Barry Lopez, Robert Michael Pyle, Annick Smith, David James Duncan, and many other writers. Literary works in this collection include: Wayfare, The Grand Array, Summer’s Company and Generations, as well as Rogers’ entries in Home Ground, a dictionary of landscape terms edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney. A transcript of an interview conducted at the Sowell Collection Conference in April 2014 was added to the collection in 2015.

  • Rogers, Pattiann. Quickening Fields. New York: Penguin Group, 2017.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. Holy Heathen Rhapsody. New York: Penguin Group, 2013.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. The Grand Array: Writing on Nature, Science, and Spirit. San Antonio: Trinity University, 2010.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. Wayfare. New York: Penguin, 2008.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. Firekeeper: Selected Poems. Revised ed. Minneapolis: Milkweed, 2005.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. Generations. New York: Penguin, 2004.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. Song of the World Becoming: New and Collected Poems, 1981-2001. Minneapolis: Milkweed, 2001.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. The Dream of the Marsh Wren: Writing as Reciprocal Creation. Minneapolis: Milkweed, 1999.
  • Rogers, Pattiann, and Joellyn Duesberry. A Covenant of Seasons. New York: Hudson Hills, 1998.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. Eating Bread and Honey. Minneapolis: Milkweed, 1997.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. Firekeeper: New and Selected Poems. Minneapolis: Milkweed, 1994.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. Geocentric: Poems. Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith, 1993.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. Splitting and Binding. Middletown: Wesleyan University, 1989.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. Legendary Performance. Memphis: Ion Books, 1987.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. The Tattooed Lady in the Garden. Middletown: Wesleyan University, 1986.
  • Rogers, Pattiann. The Expectations of Light. Princeton: Princeton University, 1981.

Updated: July 9, 2021