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"A writer is somebody for whom writing is harder than it is for other people. Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades (1942)

Background Information


 New anthologies that contain my poetry: 

Fresh Breath (Poetry Socity of Tennessee, April 2015) and Poems of the Super Moon (Pen Woman Press, April 2015).

My award-winning essays, book reviews, column, travel and humor articles have appeared in newspapers, literary journals,  and in the National Pen Woman and Deep South Magazines (hardcopy and online) and numerous anthologies.

My poetry has been published in On the Tip of My Tongue, Women's Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences That Shaped Women, Grandmother Earth, Letters in the Snow, The Sound of Muses, Echoes of the Ozarks, Thinking Aloud/Allowed, A Trail of Thoughts, A Time to be Free, and in  The Circle of Life Trilogy: In the Playhouse of My Mind Volume I, Scattered Rainbows Volume II, and Life on a Seesaw Volume III both hardcopy and audio books with South Carolina artist Carol L. Funke.

Birth Place
Catasauqua, PA USA

I hold degrees in music, English Literature, Elementary Education and Administration from West Chester and Scranton Universities in Pennsylvania.
I served as President of the Spring River Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, and as Arkansas State President of the NLAPW; member of International Womens Writers Guild, Poets' Roundtable of Arkansas, National Federation of American Poets, Twin Lakes Writers, Ozark Writers League, National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Poetry Society of Tennessee, and Cherokee Village Writers Guild

Recent Awards:poetry and prose awards from the June 2014 Arkansas Writers Conference; National Poetry Month Poem of the Day from Deep South Magazine; Award of Excellence,Cape Cod Branch of the NLAPW and publication of winning Haiku in Pen Woman Magazine; Family Matters Prose Award and Children's Story Award, Harding University, White County Creative Writers; Grand Conference Award II and Swann Kohler Award (both prose), On the Spot Poetry Award, Arkansas Writers' Conference; memoir excerpts in The Sound of Muses Anthology, Hemmingway-Pfeiffer Writers' Retreat, Arkansas State University; Environmental and Poetry Awards, Grandmother Earth National Contest; 3HM Gene Andereck Award, Ozark Writers League; Tyler Memorial; Tom McDaniel; Hoy Lampley; Nina Hepburn, NLAPW; Best Poem of the Festival, Poetry Society of Tennessee; Anita Boggs Memorial Award,2010 Biennial of NLAPW; Director's Award, Oral Poetry Competition, Reynolds Library; Character Description, Rhymed Verse, Free Verse; Dr.Margaret Moore Jacobs; Chester G. Rider, Arkansas Writers Conference,NLAPW; Mid South Poetry Festival, Mid South Writers Association; Shade Tree Creations Art Affair

Additional Information

Who is Patricia A. Oplinger? She is a woman who encourages the poet lying deep within each person. She seeks to help others develop healthy self-expression and an awareness of the world through fresh eyes. Retirement allowed her to develop as a poet and freelance writer, and to establish The Storybook Project 19 years ago. Storybook is a literacy program which is active inside three Arkansas state prisons that keep families connected through reading. Collaborator Carol L. Funke and Pat have read and shown artwork from the Circle of Life Trilogy at venues ranging from a joint meeting of the St. Louis Writers' Guild and the St. Louis Arts Alliance to regional libraries in their residential states. From 2001 to 2009 artist Carol L. Funke and Pat premiered the tabletop hardcopy books of their trilogy at WORDS, an independent bookstore. Audio books of the Circle of Life trilogy Volumes I, II, and III were released in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Pat is a contributing author of poetry and prose to collections and anthologies such as Women's Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences That Shape Women, "Only Day"; Grandmother Earth, "Sunset Through the Trees" and "Marbelized"; and Echoes of the Ozarks,an anthology dedicated to people and places in the Ozarks. "Another Kind of Needy" is the story of how she and Don Heern established The Storybook Project, a prison ministry-literacy program, in the Newport State Correctional Facility, at Newport, Arkansas 19 years ago.

Contact Information
2 Skeinah Circle 
Cherokee Village AR 72529   USA
Contact Author: Patricia A. Oplinger
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Playhouse of My Mind
This site contains a summary of our books, our intentions, our availability.

Funke Originals
My collaborator, Carol L. Funke, is an established artist whose works have appeared in galleries from coast to coast. Her talent and presence in my life is a gift that has changed my path. In reacting to each other's work, sometimes the words come first, sometimes the visual images do.

Circle of Life Trilogy
Information on both collaborators, artist Carol L. Funke and poet Patricia A. Oplinger regarding In the Playhouse of My Mind Volume I, Scattered Rainbows Volume II, and Life on a Seesaw Volume III of our Circle of Life Trilogy is available as well as order forms for the hardcover trilogy of books and the audio books on CDs.

Circle of Life Trilogy books and CDs
Information on collaborators artist Carol L. Funke and poet Patricia A. Oplinger is available as well as forms for ordering their Circle of Life Trilogy of books and the accompanying audio books.

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