During my doctoral years at Ball State, I had the privilege of working with (and one summer, for) Patti White. The two of us were surprised to discover that we had attended the same high school (Boone County Reperesent!), although a decade separated us. I also take a fair amount of pride in having set a record in the Jeopardy! game she used as the final exam in our lit theory class. (Later, we laughed about my performance, given my intense distrust of post-1966 theory. “Know your enemy”, I said.)
Patti’s an excellent teacher, a skilled administrator (she went from chairing the department at Ball State to the same position at the U of Alabama’s flagship campus), and a cool person. But what she especially is, is a poet, and it’s in that capacity that she receives some attention from Rappahannock Review, in the form of the poem “Recipe” and an accompanying interview. Check them out.