Patrice M. Wilson, PhD


+1 808-626-7519


  • Ph.D. English, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Critical Dissertation: Oceanic Epistemology and Representations of Oceanic Epistemology in Oceanic Literature, 239 pages, 2005.

  • M.A. English, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Thesis of Poetry, BETWEEN THE SILENCE, ~65 pages, 1992.

  • B.A. English, University of Maryland, College Park, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1976.

  • Also studied at Yale University, New Haven, CT, Fall 1970 and Spring 1972-Fall 1972.

Work Experience

  • Literature Teacher, High School in the Community, through Yale Council on Community Affairs, New Haven, CT, Fall 1970.

  • Teacher Aide and Teacher, Adult Basic Education, New Haven CT, Spring 1971 through 1972.

  • Poetry Series Student Coordinator, University of Maryland, 1976.  

  • English Instructor, Lacaze-Gardner Business College, Washington, DC, 1977-1978.

  • English Graduate Assistant, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1981. 

  • Poetry Support Group "Healing through Poetry," University of Hawai'i Women's Center, 1993-1994.

  • English Lecturer, University of Hawai'i, Fall 1993-Fall 1994.

  • English Adjunct Instructor, Hawai'i Pacific University, Fall 1994 through Fall 1996.

  • Full-time English Instructor, Hawai'i Pacific University, Spring 1997 through Spring 2006.

  • Assistant Professor of English, Hawai'i Pacific University, Fall 2006-Spring 2011.

  • Associate Professor of English, Hawai'i Pacific University, Fall 2011-2015.

  • Editor, HAWAI'I PACIFIC REVIEW, HPU's nationally and internationally known literary magazine, 1996-2013

  • Currently retired, working as Poetry Editor for Decolonial Passage and Agape Review.

Poetry Publications

Chapbook Series

  • Fall: How Long Have I Waited for You?

  • Winter: The Beginning

  • Spring: Lent through Resurrection

  • Summer: The Long Days

In-house for friends of Carmel of the Holy Trinity, Kaneohe, Hawaii, as a Postulant and Novice nun; 2014-2019.

Full Length Collection

  •   HUES OF DARKNESS, HUES OF       LIGHT, eLectio Press, 2013. 

Three Chapbooks

  • A DIFFERENT CURRENT, Finishing Line Press, 2011.

  • ON NEITHER SIDE, Finishing Line Press, 2009.

  • WHEN ALL ELSE FALTERS, Finishing Line Press, 2003.

Two Other Chapbooks:

  • LIGHT TO SEE BY, with Alshaa T. Rayne and Heather Grant, Honolulu, 1999.

  • COOKED, WASHED, SWEPT, DUSTED with several other poets, Honolulu, 1998.

Several Literary Journals

More Recent:

  • “Between the Silence,” Poiesis #3, 2009.

  • “Images in the Dark,” Poiesis #4, 2010.

  • “Grandfather’s Handkerchief,” Common Ground Review, Vo. 12, issue 2, 2010

  • “Cindy’s Bones,” Bloodroot Literary Magazine, 2010.

  • “Images in the Dark,” Rhysling Anthology, as nomination for the Science Fiction Poetry Association Best (published) Short Poem 2010, 2011.

  • “Luck,” Poetry Superhighway, August 2011.

  • “Translation of a Nonsense Rhyme,” “Lovers in a Storm,” and “Time to Go Home,” Eunoia, December 2011.

  • “Having Your Cake?” Yes, Poetry, December 2011.

  • “Heroes,” Snail Mail Review, December 2011.

  • "Bone-clock," Eclipse, 2011.

  • “The Woman in the World,” Niteblade, March 2012.

  • “Welcome,” “This Haven,” and “Flowers and Walls,” Sunset Inn: Tales of the North Shore, (Anthology), Romance Writers of America, Honolulu Branch, December 2012.

  • "Bone-clock," Aesthetica Magazine, York, UK. Long-listed for Poetry Contest, 2020.

  • "Night before Ash Wednesday, 2020," Pensive Journal of Spirituality and Dialogue," 2021.

  • "Something Always about to Happen," Poetry Superhighway, Yom HaShoah issue, 2021.

  • "Hawaii's Flowers," 50 Haikus, Prolific Press, 2021.


Barbaric Yawp, Byline, Dream International Quarterly; Lucid Moon; In Other Words; Hawai‘i Pacific Review (“Best of” edition); HarpStrings; Hawai‘i Pacific Review; Chaminade Literary Review; La’ila’i; Hawai‘i Review # 37 and 38; Journal of New Jersey Poets (1991 and 2008); Hawaii Review; Nimrod; DC Anthology (M.L. King Library Bicentennial edition), Calvert, UMD; Black Box #8 , (Washington, DC; The Spider’s Web, Jonathan Edwards College Yale U.


University of Hawaii Myrle Clark Poetry Competition, Third Prize; Academy of American Poets UH Competition, Honorable Mention; First runner up in Redgreene Press (Pittsburgh, PA) Poetry Chapbook Contest; Runner up in Dead Metaphor Press Chapbook Contest. Fifth Honorable Mention in Finishing Line Press’s (Ohio) New Women’s Voices Poetry Contest;Nomination for the Science Fiction Poetry Association Best (published) Short Poem. Hawaii Literary Arts Council Loretta Petrie Award, for outstanding service to the Hawaii literary community. Long-listed in Aesthetica Magazine Poetry Competition, 2020.


Organizer and Coordinator of Ko’olau Writing Workshops at HPU, 1998-2013. Judge of HPU High School Writing Contest; Judge of HPU James Vaughan Poetry Award; Judge of Starbuck’s Peace Poems Contest. Served as a judge for Hawaii Education Association Writing Contests, 1991-2010; Organizer and Coordinator of HPU English Department sponsored poetry and creative writing readings; Board member, Hawaii Literary Arts Council, (HLAC) in which I served on the Program Committee and as Coordinator of a new reading series at McCully Library; Member HLAC; Coordinated Graduate Student Reading Series in the English Department at UH Manoa.


HPU English Department Faculty Reading, (regularly in Spring or Fall Semester). HPU One Year 9/11 Anniversary Memorial, 2002. HPU Spring Concert, Susan Duprey, Conductor 2002. Open Mic Night, Campus Activities Board and Student Government Association. Pua and Poetry” art and poetry exhibit, First Unitarian Church. (Poem also exhibited with artwork painted by Heather Dudock). Faculty Scholarship Day, When All Else Falters; Poetry Reading at One Kalakaua, Honolulu, HI (with others. UH Graduate Reading Series. UH Graduate Student Reading Series; UH Women’s Center Reading Series; UH Bilingual Writers’ Group; Bookcellar, Honolulu; Savile Bookshop, Washington DC; Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC; Washington Project for the Arts; Potomac Riverside Bicentennial Celebration, DC; Maya Art Gallery, DC; Ascension Poetry Series, Howard U; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, opening for Lucille Clifton; Eastern Shore Student Poetry Conference. 



After Love, by the Sea     


Never mind the falseness

of waves coming on to you

over and over like blue barrels

of liquid glass. Coming on to you

as if they know you and want you

and then pulling back

to take the pulse of the sea

as if it were the blood

in your arteries drawn down,

the undertow making sinkholes

in the sand beneath your feet.

Never mind.  When have you ever

sought and not found truth hiding

seaside where mountains loom close,

in a cave’s deep crevice, inside the shell

of a dead crab, in the cup

of cold longing you sip by the shore

to quench your thirst.

Published in chapbook On Neither Side, Finishing Line Press, 2009.

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