Patricia Tomaszek writes life and poetry. Lives in Germany where she was born in 1982. Her “Silent Companions” were published in 2003, other poems in German anthologies (biblioviel “To love you”, schmoeker “Peace”). Together with pianist Julia Ortmann, who adapted her poetry to compositions, Patricia Tomaszek gave a number of readings in Germany since 2001: “sound dialogue” and “invisible mosaic”.
She received a stipend from the Ria Fresen Foundation and studied creative writing at the “Bundesakademie für kulturelle Bildung” in Wolfenbuettel/Germany. With a scholarship she received from the German Exchange Service (DAAD) she did a study abroad at Brown University in spring 2007. In the Brown's graduate Literary Arts Program, she experienced electronic writing in a class with Daniel Howe and another with George Landow. Both electronic writing debuts “about nothing, places memories and thoughts” and “Planting trees out of the grief” are part of her Robert Creeley-series.
She studies the Master of Arts Program Literature, Culture and Media at Siegen University where she earned her B. A. in Literary, Cultural and Media Studies. Patricia Tomaszek researches digital literature at the Human Collaborative Research Center “Media Upheavals” (Siegen) and is an editorial assistant for an archiving project of the Electronic Literature Organization.
Planting trees out of the grief. In Memoriam Robert Creeley.
Robert Creeley (May 21, 1926 - Mar 30, 2005) was an American poet and author of more than sixty books. He is usually associated with the Black Mountain poets, though his verse aesthetic diverged from that school's. He was close with Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, John Wieners and Ed Dorn. He served as the Samuel P. Capen Professor of Poetry and the Humanities at State University of New York at Buffalo, and lived in Waldoboro, Maine, Buffalo, New York and Providence, Rhode Island, where he taught at Brown University. He was a recipient of the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and was much beloved as a generous presence in many poets' lives.