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National Poetry Month: Patricia Finley

April 3, 2009

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. To celebrate National Poetry Month, UTSA Archives will highlight the poetry contained within our collections. This week we are featuring the work of Patricia Finley.

Patricia Finley was born in 1919 in West Point, New York. Her father was in the military and she and her family moved a lot while she was growing up. Finley attended three different high schools in Georgia, New York and Kansas. She also attended three different colleges in Vermont and New Hampshire, graduating from the University of Vermont.

“The Kingdom” written for a writing workshop at San Antonio College, 1980

“Ode to Eebie” with edits, undated

After college, she began working for the United States government in Camp Beauregard, Louisiana. In February of 1943 she met her husband, Glenn Finley, United States Army 2nd Lieutenant, and on March 19, 1943 the two were married. The couple had four children, Glenn III, Radcliffe, Trish, and Mary Lee.
Finley was a writer in San Antonio during the 1980s and 1990s. She enjoyed writing journals, poems, and short stories and often participated in writing workshops where she wrote about her own experiences and recollections. Her poetry ranged in topics from the produce section of the grocery store to an unexpected marriage proposal. Patricia Finley died on September 14, 1994.

Untitled with edits, February 1985

A Guide to the Patricia Finley Papers is available online.

Poetry selected and scanned by Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant.

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