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Patricia Hampl first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her
memoir about her Czech heritage, which was awarded a Houghton Mifflin
Literary Fellowship in 1981. A new edition, with a post-revolution afterword,
appeared in 1992. She also has two collections of poetry, Woman before an
Aquarium, and Resort and Other Poems. In 1987 she published Spillville, a meditation on Antonin Dvorak's summer in Iowa, with
engravings by Steven Sorman. Virgin Time, a memoir about her Catholic
upbringing and an inquiry into contemplative life, was published by W W
Norton in 1992 (paperback Ballantine, 1993. In 2001, Resort and Other
Poems was reissued by Carnegie Mellon University Press, as part of their
Contemporary Classics series in American poetry.
In 1999, W.W. Norton published her book,
I Could Tell You Stories:
Sojourns in the Land of Memory, as well as a new edition of A
Romantic Education with a new “Afterword” in honor of the tenth
anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. I Could Tell You Stories was a
finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Awards in the category of
General Nonfiction in 2000.
Her fiction, poems, reviews, essays and travel pieces have appeared in many
publications, including The New Yorker, Paris Review, New York Times Book
Review, Ploughshares, Antaeus, Granta, American Poetry Review, Iowa Review,
Ironwood, Ms., Best American Short Stories, Los Angeles Times, The
Sophisticated Traveller, and Kenyon Review.
Patricia Hampl has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Bush
Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (twice, in poetry and prose),
Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Djerassi Foundation. She was Benedict
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Literature at Carleton College, Fall,
1987; Emens Distinguished Professor at Ball State University, Spring, 1989;
and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Writing at the University of Iowa,
Spring 1994. She was a resident fellow at the Bellagio Study Center of the
Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, Fall 1991. She has received
honorary doctorates from the College of St. Catherine, the University of St.
Thomas, and Luther College. Her last three books have been named "Notable
Books" of the year by The New York Times Book Review. In 1990 she was
awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.
Her short story “The Bill Collector’s Vacation,” was awarded a 1999
Pushcart Prize. Her essay, “A Week in the Word,” is included in Best
American Essays 1999. Another essay, “Other People’s Secrets,” apears
in the Pushcart Prize anthology for 2001.
Her readings and lectures include recent visits to Sarah Lawrence College;
the Universities of Salzburg, Graz and Vienna; Charles University, Prague;
University of Montana; University of Texas-El Paso; University of
California-Davis; Framingham State University, MA; Academy of American
Poets, New York; University of Arizona; University of Alaska. She was Strum
Distinguished Visiting Writer at West Virginia University, Fall, 1995.
Patricia Hampl is the editor of Burning Bright, an anthology of sacred
poetry of the West (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) from Ballantine Books
(1995). She is the editor as well of The Houghton Mifflin Anthology of Short
Fiction (1989). She has written the screenplay for a feature film of
Spillville (Robin Burke Productions).
In 1995 she was a Fulbright Fellow in Prague, Czech Republic. Patricia Hampl
is Regents' Professor and also McKnight Distinguished Professor at the
University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where she teaches in the MFA program
of the English Department. She is also on the permanent faculty of The
Prague Summer Seminars. In 1995 and 1996 she was on the faculty of the
Breadloaf Writers Conference to which she returned in 1999 and 2000. She is
co-editor with Carl Klaus of the newly established Iowa Non-Fiction Series
from the University of Iowa Press. During spring semester 2001, she was a
Fellow at the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France.
She is currently completing a memoir about her parents called THE FLORIST'S
DAUGHTER and has completed BLUE ARABESQUE, a nonfiction book about Matisse
and his near obsessive painting of odalisques while he lived in the south of
France. A piece from this work appeared in Granta and was later selected for
Best American Spiritual Writing, 2005. Both books are under contract to
Awards and Special Recognition...
Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
The New York Times Notable Books of 2006
Los Angeles Times Best Books of 2006
St. Paul Pioneer Press Best Books of 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune Best Books of 2006
Chicago Tribune Best Books of 2006
THE FLORIST’S DAUGHTER
Chicago Tribune Best Books of 2007
The New York Times Notable Book of 2007
Christian Science Monitor's "2007 Books We Liked Best" list.
Newsday Favorite Books of 2007
Photography by Alec Soth