March is National Women’s Month and Pat Valdata helps us to honor women who are extraordinary, and who broke through glass ceilings to reach high into the sky. GC
Pat Valdata is an award-winning poet and fiction writer with an MFA in writing from Goddard College. In 2015 she received a Raveel Grant toward a two-week residency at the Dickinson House in Olsene, Belgium, which she attended in September 2015. Valdata has twice received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2013 she was awarded a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Thanks to this grant and residency, she completed the manuscript for a book of poetry that was awarded the 2015 Donald Justice Prize. Her award-winning manuscript, Where No Man Can Touch, was published in June 2015.
Her other book publications are the poetry book Inherent Vice, published by Pecan Grove Press in 2011, the same publisher that printed her poetry chapbook Looking for Bivalve, which was a contest finalist in 2002; the novel Crosswind, published in 1997 by Wind Canyon Books; and the novel The Other Sister, published by Plainview Press in 2008, which won a gold medal from the Hungarian Association’s Árpád Academy. Valdata’s work has appeared in literary magazines including Little Patuxent Review and Passager, and the anthology Challenges for the Delusional (Jane Street Press 2012).
A native of New Jersey, Valdata lives in Elkton, Maryland. She is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where she teaches writing and literature in online and hybrid formats. She is a sailplane pilot and founding member of the Women Soaring Pilots Association.