About the Author
My first collection, Cut on the Bias (Laughing Fire Press 2016), depicts my world slant as a bi-racial child raised by an immigrant father. My second collection awaits publication.
I promote diversity in my written and community work:
PUBLICATIONS: New York Times, About Place Journal (others – Cutthroat, Artemis); Prevention magazine (others – UK’s Female First, Tuck); Indiana University, Fredericksburg Literary journals; New Verse News, vox poetica, Snapdragon, many others.
PRESENTATIONS: Indiana Writers Conference; Centennial Virginia Writers Club; Poetry Societies – Virginia, Florida; Miami Actor's Theater; Split This Rock – DC; Woody Guthrie Festival – Oklahoma.
OTHER: Open Mic Emcee (16,700+ YouTube views), community initiatives (e.g., Nasty Women Poets, Social Justice Poets), two arts boards’ programming, adult poetry judging, collaborative artists-in residency judging.
The first in her family to finish high school, Patsy Asuncion had a successful public school career, from teacher to principal of the year of Palm Beach County, Florida. Upon retirement, grants and program development skills changed to pleasure writing – poetry and short stories. She loves living in Virginia, after decades in South Florida.
As a caregiver, Patsy hosts a Parkinson’s support group and publishes a greater Charlottesville monthly newsletter with current research, caregiver resources and community events. Her social activism now extends to community programs for adult special needs.