Pattiann Rogers Biography

Biography

Pattiann Rogers was born Pattiann Tall into a poor family headed by William Tall and Irene C. Tall. Her mother was a homemaker, and the family was dependent on what her father could earn as an inventor. When she was twenty, she married John Robert Rogers. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Missouri in 1961, with a B.A. in English literature. After graduation, she worked as an English teacher to support her husband through graduate school. He became a geophysicist, giving Rogers a connection to science that informs much of her poetry. When her first son was born, she stayed home to take care of him, and another son soon followed. Rogers developed her poetry career while she was raising her two children.

In 1981, she earned an M.A. from the University of Houston and embarked on a career as an academic. She has taught at the University of Texas, the University of Montana, Washington University of St. Louis, and Mercer University as the Ferrol Sams Distinguished Writer-in-Residence. She was associate professor and taught at the University of Arkansas in the M.F.A. creative writing program at the University of Arkansas during spring semesters from 1993 to 1997. She and her husband settled in Colorado.

Biography

(Poetry for Students)

Pattiann Rogers was born on March 23, 1940, in Joplin, Missouri, to Irene C. and William Tall. Her family was relatively poor, supported by what money her father could make as an inventor. When she was twenty, she married John Robert Rogers. After earning a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from the University of Missouri in 1961, she worked as an English teacher to support him through graduate school. He became a geophysicist, providing a connection to science that can be seen throughout Rogers’s poetry. After the birth of the couple’s first son, Rogers stayed home to take care of him; another son soon followed. While her family always took first priority, it was while she was raising her children that Rogers developed her poetry career.

Rogers’s first published book of poetry was The Expectation of Light, published in 1981, the same year that she received her master of arts degree from the University of Houston. Since then, she has published numerous volumes of poetry and essays and has been the recipient of several awards, including the Tietjens Prize and the Hokin Prize from Poetry, the Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, the Stroesse Award from Prairie Schooner (twice), and four Pushcart Prizes. She has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her works have appeared in more than fifty anthologies. She has been a faculty member of Vermont College...

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