Patricia Hampl

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Patricia Hampl (born March 12, 1946) is an American memoirist, writer, lecturer, and educator. She is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship,[1] teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis [2] and is one of the founding members of the Loft Literary Center.[3]


Hampl was born in St. Paul, Minnesota to Stanley and Mary Hampl. She attended the University of Minnesota where she earned her B.A. in 1968. Hampl earned her M.F.A. at the University of Iowa in 1970.

Hampl worked as an editor of the Minnesota Monthly from 1973 to 1975. She worked as freelance writer and editor from 1975 to 1979. Between 1979 and 1996, Hampl occupied the positions of visiting assistant professor, associate professor, and professor of English at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. Hampl has also served as an educator at other institutions such as Ball State University and West Virginia University. She also served as a faculty member for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference 1995 and 1996. She is a contributing editor at The Alaska Quarterly Review. Since 2005, she has been a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Program, hosted by Prague's Charles University and Western Michigan University.

Writing career[edit]

Hampl is best known for her emotionally charged and introspective works in the memoir genre. Her first memoir, A Romantic Education, dealt with Hampl’s Czech heritage and won Hampl the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship in 1981.[citation needed] Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative Life, another of Hampl’s memoirs, dealt with her Roman Catholic upbringing.

More recently, Hampl has won recognition for her memoir The Florist’s Daughter[citation needed] which deals with her feelings at the time of her mother’s death. The book was met with critical acclaim when it was published in 2007.[citation needed] The New York Times Book Review stated that “Hampl’s honest examination of her own life makes The Florist’s Daughter a wonder of a memoir.”[citation needed] It won the 2008 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction.[4]

Hampl is also the author of several poems and other works (See Selected Bibliography Below).


(Note: This is a list of selected awards. For a complete list of awards earned by Patricia Hampl, see the External Links section below)

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Woman Before an Aquarium (1978)
  • A Romantic Education (1981)
  • Resort and Other Poems (1983)
  • (With Steven Sorman) Spillville (1987)
  • Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative Life (1992)
  • Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime (2006)
  • The Florist's Daughter: A Memoir (2007)


External links[edit]

Patricia Hampl at the Biography Resource Center