Pat Valdata is an award-winning poet and novelist with an MFA in writing from Goddard College. She has twice received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2013 she was awarded a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Thanks to this grant and residency, she completed the manuscript for a book of poetry that was awarded the 2015 Donald Justice Prize. Her award-winning manuscript, Where No Man Can Touch, was published in June 2015. That same year she received a Raveel Grant toward a two-week residency at the Dickinson House in Olsene, Belgium, which she attended in September 2015.
Her publications include the poetry book Inherent Vice and the poetry chapbook Looking for Bivalve, both published by Pecan Grove Press. Her first novel, Crosswind, was published in 1997 by Wind Canyon Books. Her second novel, The Other Sister, won a gold medal from the Hungarian Association’s Árpád Academy.
Valdata’s work has appeared in literary magazines including Delmarva Review, Ecotone, Italian Americana, Little Patuxent Review, North American Review, Passager, The Raintown Review, String Poet, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, as well as the anthologies Challenges for the Delusional (Jane Street Press 2012), Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press 2017), More Challenges for the Delusional (Diode Press 2018), and Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle (Kelsay Books 2018). She has also written feature articles for the magazines Chesapeake Bay, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Soaring, and Women in Aviation.
A native of New Jersey, Pat lives in Crisfield, Maryland. She teaches creative writing for the University of Maryland Global Campus and Salisbury University's Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning.