Associate Professor of English, English Department Chair
M.F.A., Fiction Writing, Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., English, Georgia College and State University
Campus Phone: Ext. 5697
Came to Tusculum: 2008
She received a BA in English literature and creative writing from Georgia College (in Flannery O’Connor’s hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia) in 2003, where she served as an assistant editor of Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture, and in 2006, earned an MFA in fiction writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Patterson’s fiction was selected by Michael Martone to receive an AWP Intro Award, and works of her short fiction have been published in such literary journals as Conjunctions, Salt Hill, Cimarron Review, Cream City Review, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. She currently serves as Fiction and Managing Editor of The Tusculum Review.
Along with composition and rhetoric courses, Patterson teaches Writing for Organizations, Concepts of Language, Introduction to Creative Writing and Advanced Fiction Workshop. If you stop by her office to chat, be prepared for music (of all brands), fabulist fiction, fairy tales, folktales, Flannery O, failed gardens, freaks, the letter “F,” and a Basset Hound named Levon to enter the conversation.