Patricia A. Nugent has been published numerous times in professional and literary journals as well as online publications. She is the author of the book, They Live On: Saying Goodbye to Mom and Dad, a compilation of vignettes and poems 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. Two of her essays, The Nurses Whispered and Countdown, are featured in anthologies. 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 periodically blogs for Ms. Magazine and Vox Populi.
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 creative nonfiction, journaling, spirituality, and wellness.
Ms. Nugent, a reiki master, lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she’s currently working on her next book, Healing with Dolly Lama: Finding God in Dog. She’s also serving as editor for the anthology Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Born Before Rosie Starting Riveting. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.