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Schneider was educated at Central College in Missouri, and earned her MA from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. In 1979 she became a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she is the Founder/Director of Amherst Writers & Artists and editor of Amherst Writers & Artists Press, which has published twenty books of poetry and the national literary journal, Peregrine. Schneider is an adjunct faculty member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She has taught creative writing workshops at the University of Massachusetts, Smith College, Limavadi College (Northern Ireland) and the University of Connecticut. She teaches annually in Ireland, and bi-annually at the Graduate Theological Union in California, where she has also been Playwright in Residence at the Pacific School of ReligionShe also leads annual workshops in Ireland, workshop leadership training seminars and several writing retreats. In 1993 Schneider was keynote speaker and workshop leader at a women's retreat in Japan.
Publications and awards
She has published three books of poetry: Olive Street Transfer, White River Junction and Long Way Home. Her autobiographical book, Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography, was released in 1997 by Negative Capability Press. In addition, she has published two books on writing, The Writer as an Artist and Writing Alone and With Others, published in 2003 by Oxford University Press.
Pat Schneider has published widely in literary journals and magazines, including Sewanee Review, Minnesota review, Ms. Magazine, and Negative Capability.
She has also edited a collection of the writings of women in low-income housing projects, In Our Own Voices.
Fourteen of her plays have been produced, nine published. There are more than 300 recorded productions of her plays in this country and in Europe. Schneider is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. She has been the recipient of literary prizes, and grants from the Danforth Foundation, the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Awards, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Several of her poems have been featured on The Writer's Almanac.
Schneider has four children, including author Paul Schneider.
Other artistic works
Her libretti have been recorded by the Louisville Symphony and performed by Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony in Boston's Symphony Hall and in Carnegie Hall, New York City.
- Codrescu, Andrei (1999-01-01). Thus spake the Corpse: an Exquisite corpse reader, 1988-1998. David R. Godine Publisher. p. 481. ISBN 978-1-57423-100-7. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
- Writing Alone and With Others, First Edition, Oxford University Press, 2003.