Head Shot B&WDayna Patterson is the author of If Mother Braids a Waterfall, forthcoming from Signature Books in 2020. She is a co-editor (with Tyler Chadwick and Martin Pulido) of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetryand she’s the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & LyreShe earned her MA in Literature from Texas State-San Marcos and her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Washington University, where she served as the managing editor of Bellingham Review. She is also the poetry editor for Exponent II Magazine.

Her literary obsessions include poetry and spirituality, motherhood and daughterhood, women in Shakespeare, and odes (especially Keatsian odes). She is currently working on a poetry collection, O Lady, Speak Again, poems that creatively reimagine female characters from Shakespeare’s work with a Post-Mormon feminist twist.