Patricia l. Goodman



Patricia L. Goodman is a widowed mother and grandmother and a graduate of Wells College with a degree in Biology and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She spent her career breeding, raising, training and showing horses with her orthodontist husband, on their farm in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. She now lives in northern Delaware, where she enjoys writing, singing, birding, gardening and spending time with her family. Many of her poems have been published in both print and online journals and anthologies and she was the 2013 and 2014 winner of Delaware Press Association’s Communications Contest in poetry. Her first full-length book of poetry Closer to the Ground, was a finalist in the Dogfish Head Poetry Contest, and was published in August, 2014 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. In 2015 she received her first Pushcart nomination. Much of her inspiration comes from the natural world she loves.

Pat currently teaches an Advanced Poetry Writing class, with her friend and fellow poet Betsey Cullen, at Wilmington's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

In addition to her poetic publications, Pat has, during her career, had many articles and photographs published in equestrian pamphlets and journals, including seven cover photos, as well as articles published in national hunting magazines, due to the fact that she travelled the world with her big-game-hunter husband.




“Closer to the Ground”, full-length book of poetry, published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in August 2014.

Work has appeared in these poetry journals and anthologies:
(Click on links to view poems)

Better Than Starbucks

Delaware Beach Life
Fox Chase Review
High Spots
Hockessin Art Festival
In a Gilded Frame, an anthology
Jellyfish Whispers (scroll down to July 4th, then on down to April 28th)  
Kind of a Hurricane Press Editor’s Award Poetry Contest
Mistletoe Madness, an anthology
Mother Nature’s Trail, an anthology
Objects in the Rearview Mirror, an anthology
Of Sun and Sand, an anthology
On Our Own, Widowhood for Smarties, an anthology
Prey Tell, an anthology
Poised in Flight, an anthology
Rat’s Ass Review

Storm Cycle, Best of 2014 anthology (poem “”All That Remains”)
Sugar Mule
The Avocet
The Broadkill Review
The Crafty Poet II, craft handbook
The Weekly Avocet

The Widow’s Handbook, an anthology
Through a Distant Lens, an anthology
Your Daily Poem

Wild Goose


2011 Delaware Beach Life Poetry Contest – 3rd place
2014 Dogfish Head Poetry Contest (For “Closer to the Ground”) – Runner Up
Delaware Press Association Communications Contest in Poetry:
2013 - winner
2014 - winner
2013 - 2016 - numerous 2nd and 3rd placings
2013 National Association of Press Women National Poetry Contest - 2nd place
2014 National Association of Press Women National Poetry Contest - 2nd place
2015 Osher Lifelong Learning Poetry Contest – winner
2015 Poem “Murmuration” nominated for a Pushcart Prize


2011, 2012, 2016 - Second Saturday Poets - featured reader
2012 - Wilmington Friends School
2012 - Reading in Honor of Emily Dickinson – featured reader
2014 - Mommy Dearest Cabaret – featured reader
2014 - Jackson Inn Cabaret – featured reader
2015 - Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild – featured reader
2015 - The Palette and The Page Poetry Workshop Series – featured reader
2015 – Osher Lifelong Learning Poetry Workshop – featured reader
2016 - Broadkill Press/Irish Eyes Literary Series - featured reader

Pat is happy to read anywhere within easy driving distance of Wilmington, DE.

Other Passion:

In addition to being an active poet and teacher, Pat is a singer, lending her soprano voice as a chorus member and soloist to the Osher Lifelong Learning Chorus. She is also an active soloist at the Continuing Care Retirement Community where she resides. She is happy to sing anywhere (within easy driving distance) that desires a “mature” soloist (see video below)