Patricia Hampl

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


Hampl was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Stanley and Mary Hampl. She attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1968. Hampl earned her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Iowa in 1970.

Hampl worked as an editor of Minnesota Monthly from 1973 to 1975 and as a freelance writer and editor from 1975 to 1979. Between 1979 and 1996, she 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 Ball State University and West Virginia University, and as a faculty member for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 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. In 2015, Hampl was an adjunct faculty member in the writing program at the Columbia University School of the Arts.

Writing career[edit]

Hampl is best known for her memoirs. Her first memoir, A Romantic Education, dealt with her Czech heritage and won Hampl the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship in 1981.[citation needed] Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative Life, another memoir, dealt with her Roman Catholic upbringing. Hampl's short story "The Bill Collector's Vacation" was awarded a 1999 Pushcart Prize.[3]

Hampl won critical acclaim for her 2007 memoir The Florist's Daughter,[citation needed] about her mother's death. The New York Times Book Review wrote, "Hampl's honest examination of her own life makes The Florist's Daughter a wonder of a memoir."[4] It won the 2008 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction.[5]

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)

  • Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1976)[1]
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1976)[1]
  • Bush Foundation Fellowship (1979)[1]
  • Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship (1981)[6]
  • Fulbright Fellowship (1995)[6]
  • McKnight Distinguished University Professorship (1996)[1]
  • Pushcart Prize (1999)[3]
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, Western Literature Association (2001)[7]

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)
  • Memory and Imagination (1999)
  • Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime (2006)
  • The Florist's Daughter: A Memoir (2007)
  • The Art of the Wasted Day (2018)


  1. ^ a b c d e "Hampl, Patricia 1946– - Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series |". Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  2. ^ "The Loft Literary Center: History". Archived from the original on February 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  3. ^ a b "Patricia Hampl". Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  4. ^ Trussoni, Danielle (2007-10-07). "The Florist's Daughter - Patricia Hampl - Books - Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  5. ^ "Minnesota Book Awards Past Finalists and Winners - 2008". Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  6. ^ a b Greasley, Philip A. (2001-05-30). Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume 1: The Authors. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0253108411.
  7. ^ "WLA's Distinguished Achievement Award «  Western Literature Association". Retrieved 2016-01-15.

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