“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. –Mary Jean Irion
Award-winning poet and Pushcart Prize nominee Pat Mottola currently teaches Creative Writing at Southern Connecticut State University, where she earned both an M.S. in Art Education and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. In addition to working with students at S.C.S.U., she is thrilled to teach both art and poetry to senior citizens throughout Connecticut.
Her own work has appeared in numerous journals across the country, including War, Literature & the Arts, Connecticut Review, Main Street Rag, San Pedro River Review, VietNow Magazine, and Paterson Literary Review, among others.
She has studied with major poets across the country, and has served as Keynote Speaker for the IMPAC-Young Writers Awards as well as judged Connecticut High School Poetry Out Loud competitions.
Pat is an executive board member of the Connecticut Poetry Society, and editor of Connecticut River Review.
She is most proud of her latest endeavor – mentoring Afghan women through the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.
Favorite Color – Blue
Favorite Poets – Edna St. Vincent Millay, Kim Addonizio, Marge Piercy, Rhina Espaillat, Sharon Olds, Charles Rafferty, Richard Blanco
Favorite Books – The Poet’s Companion (Kim Addonizio & Dorianne Laux), Why Not Take All of Me (Joel Peckham)
Favorite Pets – French Bulldog (my grand-dog, Gaston)