Patricia Garfinkel was born in New York City. She graduated from New York University. She taught 8th and 9th grade American History, English and Geography in Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools from 1959 - 1963. From 1963-1965 she lived in Paris, France and traveled extensively throughout Europe. In the early 1970s, she spent three years studying poetry as an independent student with poet Henry Taylor.
From 1975 -1994 she worked as a science policy analyst and speechwriter for four consecutive Chairmen of the Science and Technology Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
From 1995 – 2012 she worked as a science policy analyst and speechwriter for four consecutive Directors and Deputy Directors of the National Science Foundation. She is listed in the Millennium Edition of Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.
Literary Career 1974 through present
Making the Skeleton Dance, George Braziller, Inc., is her third book of poetry. Two previous poetry books were published by literary presses. She won a Poetry-in-Public-Places award from New York State, and a Moving Words Award for Poetry on the DC Metro. She gave the first-ever poetry reading at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. She was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as well as President of Washington Writers Publishing House from 1994-1996.
Readings include The Folger Shakespeare Library, Smithsonian Institution, Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Virginia, Tattered Cover Books in Denver, Colorado, Praire Lights Bookstore in Iowa City, Iowa, Politics and Prose in Washinton, DC.
She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.
Written by Patricia Garfinkel in 2013