Patricia Killelea

Patricia Killelea (Poetry) | Marquette, MI

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Patricia Killelea (Xicana/Irish American) is the author of the poetry collections Counterglow (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2019) and Other Suns (Swan Scythe Press, 2011). Her work appears in cream city review, Quarterly West, Barzakh, Waxwing, As/Us, The Common, and Spiritus. Patricia Killelea is currently Poetry Editor at Passages North, and an Assistant Professor of English at Northern Michigan University. She also produces digital poetry films, which have been featured at Atticus Review, Moving Poems, Poetry Film Live, screened and shortlisted for the Ó’Bhéal International Poetry Film Competition, and long-listed for the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Prize. She holds a Ph.D. in Native American Studies (2015) and an M.A. in Creative Writing (2008) from the University of California, Davis.


Counterglow (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2019). Poetry.


  • Other Suns (Swan Scythe Press, 2011). Poetry.

Blurbs, Press, & Reviews

“Certainly this is a literature of the spirit, yet very much grounded in and made out of what Jean Valentine called this-world. There’s no palliative comforting; rather it is the hard work of living that these poems sound out, the hard work of love they enjoin. We need this book. I need this book.” —Kazim Ali, author of Inquisition: New Poems, Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies, and Sky Ward
“In Counterglow, Patricia Killelea confronts the ghosts that inhabit the unlit interior landscape of longing. Like Rilke she “strikes the dark air for music.” She is intimately connected to the land, sky and water as well as all beings who inhabit them. I am completely taken by lines like “When I look through a bullet hole/in a crow’s wing /I see everything.” Counterglow is a gem.” —Pam Uschuk, Editor-in-Chief, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts and author of Crazy Love, American Book Award winner
“The way buried bones remain but still point longingly toward each other, Counterglow is a glimpse into the dark stretched between histories. Every small existence becomes an echoed reason to live… Counterglow stands as a candle burns through the night, waiting for that familiar “taste in the air,” trying to outlast the shared paths dark & light make of each other, until they finally ignite.” —Michael Wasson, author of This American Ghost and 2018 NACF National Artist Fellow in Literature
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