University of Iowa

Patricia Henley

Patricia Henley is the author of three novels, four collections of stories, two chapbooks of poetry, and a stage play. Her first novel, Hummingbird House, was a finalist for the National Book Award and The New Yorker Fiction Prize. Her first collection of stories, Friday Night at Silver Star, won the Montana First Book Award. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Circle of Women, The Last Best Place, and other anthologies. Engine Books published her most recent collection of stories, Other Heartbreaks. Her play “If I Hold My Tongue” premiered in September 2015, as part of the DC Women’s Voices Theater Festival. She is currently at work on a novel set in New Orleans, Shout, Sister, Shout. For 26 years she taught in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at Purdue University. She lives in Frostburg, Maryland.

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 08 to July 13 2018

“…I write books for teenagers because I vividly remember what it felt like to be a teen facing every day and epic dangers.”         Sherman Alexie