Ph.D, English, The University at Albany (SUNY)
, Women's Studies, The University at Albany (SUNY)M.F.A.
, Creative Writing, Western Michigan UniversityM.A.
, English Language and Literature, Western Michigan UniversityM.A.
, English, Cook College,
Rutgers UniversityCurriculum Vitae (PDF)
Patricia R., aka “Pat”, Dyjak is a poet
and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens
Point. She earned her Ph.D. in English
and an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University at Albany, where she worked
with Judith E. Johnson and Marjorie Pryse. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing – Poetry
from Western Michigan University where she worked with Herbert Scoot and
William Olsen. Her poetry is driven both
by the music of language and by ideas. Her dissertation “Snakes in the Garden/Goodness:
Power, Privilege, and Poetry in the Creation of Authority” looks at the
cultural construction of goodness in particular groups, ending with the
examination of three American woman poets who use snake imagery to represent
the female divine. Pat publishes as
“P.R. Dyjak” and her work has appeared in national poetry journals, including Earth’s Daughters, disClosure: a journal of social
theory, Verse Wisconsin, Diner, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. Pat has a new chapbook Symphony for the Cutters out from
Kattywompus Press. Also, her poem “Fun
& Anxiety” – all about language itself and writing – has been anthologized this
year in Kattywompus Press’ Mercury