Patti White

Patti White

Professor Emerita


  • PhD, English, City University of New York

Research Areas

  • Creative Writing
  • Literature


Professor Patti White received her PhD in English from City University of New York in 1990. She also completed an MPA at the University of Colorado Graduate School of Public Affairs in 1983. A collection of her poems, Tackle Box, won the 2001 Anhinga Prize for Poetry and was published by Anhinga Press in 2002; an award-winning festival-short film of the title poem was released in 2003 (at Her teaching interests include public works poetry, representations of apocalypse, the dramatic monologue, postmodern narrative, and systems theory.  Her new manuscript Chain Link Fence is forthcoming from Anhinga Press in 2013.


Book Authored

  • Gatsby’s Party: The System and the List in Contemporary Narrative. Purdue University Press, 1992.
  • Tackle Box. Tallahassee, FL: Anhinga Press, 2002.
  • Yellow Jackets.  Tallahassee, FL: Anhinga Press, 2007.


  • “A is For,” in The Common Review, Winter 2009: 25.
  • “Patina” and “Seven-Eleven Civil Defense Test,” in Forklift, Ohio, Winter 2009: 25, 35.
  • “The Love Zombies” (reprint), in Literal Latte Anthology, eds Jenine Bockman and Jeffrey Bockman.
  • Bloomington, iUniverse Press: 249.
  • “The Wind in Tuscaloosa,” in Whatever Remembers Us: An Anthology of Alabama Poetry, ed Sue Brannan Walker. Mobile: Negative Capability Press, 2007.
  • “Hydrophobia” and “The Frozen Niagara Hotel,” New Madrid: Journal of Contemporary Literature. Vol II, No. 2, Summer 2007. 40, 42.
  • “The Academics of Desire,” The Common Review, Summer 2005: 13.
  • “Grindstone City, Michigan”, PMS: poem/memoir/story, 5: 2005.
  • “Laika”, North American Review. 290:2, March-April 2005: 27. Finalist.
  • “Eight Views from Ridge Road,” Maize, Writers Center of Indiana, 2005.
  • “Oil-Change Saturday at the Church,” River Styx, 69/70: 2005: 121. Honorable Mention.
  • “Capote Recalls Being Dill,” Iowa Review, 35:2, Fall 2005: 119.
  • “Tomahawk Truck Stop,”Jabberwock, Winter 2005: 34..
  • “A Millennium Ticket to Cairomania” and “Nuclear Winter.” Forklift, Ohio. 13: Summer 2004: 155, 35.
  • “The Owl and the Pussycat” and “Ishmael.” PMS: poem/memoir/story. 4: 2004: 26-27, 28. “The Owl and the Pussycat” nominated for Pushcart Prize 2004.
  • “Mogambo” and “Denver Man Shot by Golden Retriever.” PipLit (e) 2004.
  • “Lover’s Leap.” Snakebird. Anhinga Press, 2004.
  • “Hoosier Boy Dock and Bait Shop” and “Canteen.” The Ledge (Spring 2004).
  • “Napalm Girl.” Atlanta Review. (Fall 2003). International Merit Award.
  • “Kingdom Come.” Dogwood Spring 2003: 13-14. Finalist, Dogwood Poetry Prize.
  • “Registration.” GSU Review  Spring/Summer 2003: 15-16. Second Place, GSU Review Poetry Competition.
  • “Road Kill.” The Heartlands Today Fall 2001: 103-06.
  • “Clouds” and  “Billy Bailey Executed at 12:04 AM.” Nimrod International Journal Fall/Winter 2001: 93, 179-181.  Finalist, Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.
  • “The Tin Man.” The Common Review Fall 2001: 32.
  • “Nuclear War: What’s In It For You.” DIAGRAM (e) Fall 2001. Reprinted in DIAGRAM: An Anthology of Text, Art, and Schematic, Del Sol Press, 2003: 213.
  • “Medical Advice.” Mississippi Review Winter 2001: 142-43.  Finalist, Mississippi Review Prize.
  • “The Elegant-Armed Anemone,” “Flambeaux,” “Alphabet,” “The Rain Crow,” and “The Respiration of the Pines.” The MacGuffin Fall 2000: 52-58. Winner, National Poet Hunt.
  • “The Children’s Crusade.” The Ledge. Fall/Winter 2000: 33-34. Finalist, The Ledge Poetry Prize.
  • “The Love Zombies.” Literal Latte Spring 2000. Co-winner of Food Verse Prize.
  • “She Wears Ophelia’s Dress.” RedRiverReview (e) Aug 1999.
  • “Demeter.” Forklift, Ohio April 1998.
  • “The Line Factory.” Hopewell Review Sept 1996.  Commissioned by Hopewell Review.
  • “Tackle Box” and “Heartworm.” Arts Indiana Sept 1996: 36.
  • “The Cipher”. Hopewell Review Sept 1995.
  • “TRINITY.” Forklift, Ohio Aug 1995.
  • “Our Lady of Perpetual Help Business School.” Hopewell Review Sept 1994. Hopewell Prize for Excellence in Poetry.


  • “Venues”, catalogue essay, JACKPOT art exhibit, Cincinnati, OH, May 1998, and disk insert for Seven Speed Vortex, Hard Luck Din, Starfish Records, 1998.


  • The Love Zombies, Ricepaper Press, July 1993.
  • Missing in Action, Nausea Press, July 1992.