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In the Skin

(Spartan Press, 2020) - In each of ten stories, several of them award-winning, a different female protagonist reflects on her own experiences of love and desire, sometimes with humor, occasionally darkly, always with humanity, candor, and a unique story that casts light on what it is to be human.


: "...fresh and exciting. You want to read it again as soon as it's over." --novelist Kit de Waal, Judge, The Moth 2019 Short Story Award, Ireland

Naming the Fires

Hanging Loose Press, 2016

Winner of the 2019 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Poetry


"In a heightened and memorable language Patricia Traxler's work performs the ecstasies and terrors of a life experience deeply lived and vigilantly observed. Her skills and her wit are richly exhibited. During my re-readings of her collection, a Robert Frost phrase came to mind: she has 'a lover's quarrel with the world.' There is in Naming the Fires a brave performance of the confusions and joys on a long road to self-possession." --Steven Hind, Judge, the 2019 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Poetry. Available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble (bn.com).


St. Martins Press/Macmillan, 2001, 2002
from the publisher:

"From talented newcomer Patricia Traxler comes a brilliantly written literary suspense novel about how desire can become jealousy, obsession, and finally murderous rage. Blood is equal parts auspicious literary debut and page-turner about four people whose lives become irrevocably intertwined during one year at Radcliffe College. Blood captures the reader with its opening line, 'Though it’s true there’s a killing in my story, its principal violence is, I think I’d have to say, the violence of love.'" Blood was also published in the UK, and in Spanish, Swedish, and German translations.

To see reviews, click Blood link above or in sidebar at right; Blood is now available on Kindle, Nook, Apple iBooks, Google eBooks, and Borders eBooks.

Forbidden Words

University of Missouri Press, 1994
from the publisher:

"In her third poetry collection, Traxler examines the overt and hidden forces of language, including the power and weight of the unspoken and the relationship of women to language—how they may absorb power from it or use it as a refuge, how muteness can be a language in itself."


"These poems strike a thrilling balance between personal disclosure and the rigors of writing." —Publishers Weekly

(To see more reviews, click Forbidden Words link above or in sidebar at right; to order Forbidden Words, see Barnes & Noble link in lower right sidebar.)

The Glass Woman

Hanging Loose Press, 1983, 1994
About The Glass Woman:

Traxler's second volume of poetry explores the varied and sometimes risky terrain of love, desire, trust and broken trust, the power of secrets and silence, and the influence of family, in particular her Irish-American heritage. In contrast with her first book, Blood Calendar (William Morrow), which reflects her native California roots, The Glass Woman uses the imagery of an unfamiliar prairie landscape to address solitude, alienation, and acceptance. For more details about The Glass Woman, click link above or in sidebar at right.

Order this book direct from the publisher at http://www.hangingloosepress.com

Blood Calendar

William Morrow & Co., Inc., 1975
from the publisher:

"This volume of poems introduces a major new voice in contemporary poetry. The sources and subjects range over music, motherhood, war, sexual experience, aging, marriage, and death. They are women's poems, men's poems...poems about living, dying, loving, and leaving. They present an original and strong new talent that is, for all its savagery, buoyant."

Blood Calendar is now out of print, but vintage copies can be ordered through Amazon.com

“Navigating the Alternative Landscape: An Interview with Patricia Traxler”

In this interview with Erin Billing of Touchstone Magazine, Traxler talks about her working-class California upbringing and the influence of her Irish grandmother, Nora Dunne, who was herself a published poet. Traxler also discusses domestic violence--about which she has written from a very personal perspective. (To read complete interview, click link above.)

A second interview, this one an in-depth conversation with poet William Sheldon can be found here: http://www.washburn.edu/reference/cks/mapping/traxler/index.html#primarydocuments