In 1940, Pattiann Rogers was born in Joplin, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 1961. She received her MA from the University of Houston in 1981.
She has published numerous books of poetry, including Wayfare (Penguin, 2008); Generations (2004); Song of the World Becoming: New and Collected Poems, 1981-2001 (2001); Firekeeper: New and Selected Poems (1994); which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Eating Milk and Honey (1997).
She has been the recipient of two NEA grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship,
and a Lannan Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have won several prizes, including
the Tietjens Prize and the Hokin Prize from Poetry, the Roethke Prize from
Poetry Northwest, the Strousse Award twice from Prairie Schooner,
three book awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, and four Pushcart
She has been a visiting writer at the University
of Texas, the University of Montana, and the University of Arkansas and a
member of the faculty of Vermont College. She is currently on the faculty of the low residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Pacific University. The mother of two grown sons, Rogers
lives with her husband, a geophysicist, in Colorado.