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Patty Seyburn

b. 1962

Current City, State, Country

Newport Beach, California, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit, Michigan, USA


Patty Seyburn grew up in Detroit. She earned a BS and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, an MFA in Poetry from University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Poetry and Literature from the University of Houston. She taught at California Institute of the Arts and University of Southern California. She has been a Professor at California State University, Long Beach since 2006. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Eric Little, and as two children, Sydney (21) and Will (19).

Seyburn has published five books of poems. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, Wide Awake: Poetry of Los Angeles and Beyond, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, and Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Paris Review, Poetry, New England Review, Field, Slate, Crazyhorse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, and Boston Review. She won a 2011 Pushcart Prize for her poem, “The Case for Free Will,” published in Arroyo Literary Review.

Published Works

Threshold Delivery (Finishing Line Press, 2019)
Perfecta (What Books Press, Glass Table Collective, 2014)
Hilarity (Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Press; Western Michigan University, 2009)
Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002)
Diasporadic (1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award for 2000; Helicon Nine Editions, 1998)

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Current Title

Professor, California State University, Long Beach


B.S. in Journalism, Northwestern University, 1984
M.S. in Journalism, Northwestern University, 1985
M.F.A. in Poetry, University of California, Irvine, 1994
Ph.D in Creative Writing and Literature, University of Houston, 2002

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