The Creative Writing Program and the Department of English remember our friend and colleague, Patricia Goedicke, who passed away on July 14, 2006. Through her poetry, her teaching, and her life, Patricia, who taught poetry at U. M. from 1981-2006, was an inspiration to countless students and community members. She was the author of 12 books of poetry, the most recent of which, The Baseball Field at Night, was published posthumously and won the Gold Medal (First Place) for the Independent Publisher Book Award in Poetry in 2009. Other books include As Earth Begins to End (one of the American Library Association's top ten poetry books of 2002), Invisible Horses, Paul Bunyan’s Bearskin, The Tongues We Speak (a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year" selection), The Wind of Our Going, Crossing the Same River, The Dog that was Barking Yesterday, The Trail that Turns on Itself, and Between Oceans. She received many awards, among them the Chad Walsh Poetry Award for a poem published in the Summer 2002 issue of The Beloit Poetry Journal; the H.G. Merriam Award for distinguished contribution to the state's literature by a Montana author; the Ohioana Poetry Award for a body of work by a poet who has resided in Ohio for at least five years; a Rockefeller Foundation Residency at its Villa Serbelloni, in Bellagio, Italy; various awards from the National Endowment for the Arts; a Pushcart Prize; and the William Carlos Williams Prize from New Letters. Reviews of her work appeared in The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The London Times Literary Supplement, The Boston Book Review, The Hudson Review and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Patricia Goedicke was also a Distinguished Alumna of Ohio University and a Distinguished Scholar of the University of Montana. Besides the University of Montana, she taught poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, Ohio University, Hunter College, Kalamazoo College, and The University of Guanajuato in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she lived for twelve years with her husband and fellow writer, Leonard Wallace Robinson. Click here to read more about Patricia and view her poems on the Poetry Foundation web site.
The Patricia Goedicke and Leonard Wallace Robinson Papers are open for research. The guide to the collection may be found by performing a Google search for “Patricia Goedicke and Leonard Wallace Robinson.”
A memorial scholarship fund has been established in Goedicke's and Robinson's names at the University. Those who would like to contribute may do so by sending a check to the U.M. Foundation, P.O. Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807-7159. Please note "in memory of Patricia Goedicke" on all donations.