Patricia Killelea is a mixed-heritage Xicana/Irish American poet, musician, and scholar. She is the author of the poetry collection Other Suns (Swan Scythe Press, 2011), and her second book, Counterglow, is a forthcoming title from Urban Farmhouse Press. Her poetry appears in such journals as Quarterly West, cream city review, Waxwing, The Common, Spiritus, As/Us, Barzakh, and others.
She is also a musician and works in digital poetics, producing video poems and other soundscapes. Her poetry films have been featured in Atticus Review, as well as Poetry Film Live and Moving Poems. One of her poetry films was short-listed and screened for the O'Bheal International Poetry Film Festival (2017), and another one of her video poems was long-listed for Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival (2016).
Originally from the Bay Area, California, she is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Northern Michigan University, where she teaches Creative Writing (Poetry) in their M.F.A. program. She is currently Poetry Editor for the literary journal Passages North, and the Reviews Editor for the journal As/Us.
Patricia earned her Ph.D. in Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis in June 2015; she also holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from UCD.