About Patti Tana

PATTI TANA grew up on the Hudson River in Peekskill, New York, and since 1968 she has made her home on Long Island. She is Professor Emerita of English at Nassau Community College (SUNY) and the Associate Editor of the Long Island Quarterly since it was founded in 1990. In 2009 Patti was selected as Poet Of The Year by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association.

Patti is the author of nine books of poetry:

How Odd This Ritual of Harmony (1981)

Ask the Dreamer Where Night Begins: Poems & Postscripts (1986)

The River (1990)

Wetlands (1993)

When the Light Falls Short of the Dream (1998)

Make Your Way Across This Bridge: New & Selected Writings (2003)

This Is Why You Flew Ten Thousand Miles (2006)

Any Given Day (2011)

All I Can Gather & Give (2014)

• Patti is the editor of an anthology of 119 poems by 63 poets:
Songs of Seasoned Women
(Quadrasoul, Inc., 2007)

Click on HEAR MY POEMS to hear Patti read "Post Humus," which was reprinted in When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple (Papier-Mache Press, 1987) edited by Sandra Martz, and in many other anthologies.