Professionally, for the past 12 years, I have been a Free Verse Poet. It is my pleasure to be a spokeswoman for poetry, for caregiving, for stress management, for taking care of self, no matter where you live. Currently, I facilitate two groups: Searching for Light Group (families of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients) and Sisters’ Journey Group (women presently studying The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer).
My poetry has been collected in a chapbook and full length volumes. My poems have appeared in several literary journals and on-line journals. Currently, I am editing poems for my next book, Common Miracles.
Pat Durmon is a poet and writer. Her writing is known for its clarity and humanness. Her work is accessible and easy to understand. She lives with her husband, Jimmy Durmon (who is retired from everything except lawn care), in the Ozark Mountains overlooking the White River near Norfork, Arkansas. Together, they have four sons and five grandchildren.
Durmon was born May 11, 1944, and grew up in Arkansas. She was educated at Ouachita Baptist University, Indiana University, and Arkansas State University. Her history includes living in an orphanage, becoming a hairdresser, waitress, school teacher, and mental health counselor before poetry claimed her. Though she is now retired, Durmon clings to her love for family and friends. Much joy also comes from time spent in the writing process. Her poetry reflects wonder and hope in the human process.
Books Published and Honors Awarded
Survival Manual for Youth, 1980
Blind Curves, Poetry Chapbook, 2007
Lights and Shadows in a Nursing Home, 2013
Push Mountain Road, 2015
Women, Resilient Women, 2018
Awards and Honors
Sybil Nash Abrams Award, Poets Roundtable of Arkansas, 2007
Merit Award, given by Poets Roundtable of Arkansas, 2013
For speaking engagements, please contact:
2663 Shipps Drive, Norfork, AR 72658