Patricia A. Nugent was born in Rochester, New York. She attended the State University of New York at Oswego and received a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany. In addition, she has a graduate degree in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she presented papers at national conferences and received literary awards (including one bestowed by Susan Sontag) for her creative nonfiction essays. She was a teacher and administrator for over 30 years and an adjunct professor at three universities. At the Clinton Global Initiative, she facilitated world leaders and celebrities on topics of international concern. She currently teaches courses in journaling and creative nonfiction, and offers programs related to her writing interests.
Patricia is the author of the book, They Live On: Saying Goodbye to Mom and Dad, a compilation of vignettes portraying the stages of caring for and saying goodbye to a loved one, as seen through the eyes of a daughter and her terminally ill parents. Her essay, The Nurses Whispered, was featured in a book published by In Fact Books. Her historic yet humorous play about the early suffragists, The Stone that Started the Ripple, sells out all performances and received a stellar arts review. She has been published numerous times in national professional journals, literary and online magazines, and regional publications.
Ms. Nugent, a reiki master, lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she is currently working on her next book, Lessons from Dolly Lama: Finding God in Dog. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.