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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Patricia Hampl (HAM-pihl), best known for her memoirs, began her professional writing career as a journalist. She has written several nonfiction books and contributed travel articles to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, The New York Times, and other periodicals. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have been printed in numerous anthologies and journals, including The Best American Short Stories 1977, Best American Essays 1999, Best American Spiritual Writing 2005, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and Ploughshares. Hampl created lyrics for In a Winter Garden: A Choral Work for Advent (1982) and wrote a film screenplay adapting her book Spillville. The Minnesota Center for Book Arts printed Hampl’s short story “The Summer House” as a book in 2000. She contributed forewords to the books Noble Task: The Saint Paul Public Library Celebrates 125! (2007), by Biloine Whiting Young, and The Nature of Dogs (2007), by Mary Luddington.