||Patricia Gunter Karamesines|
P. G. Karamesines lives and writes in Payson, Utah. She has won several literary awards from Brigham Young University, the University of Arizona, the Utah Arts Council, and the Utah Wilderness Association. Her M.A. is from BYU (creative writing), and she has pursued post-graduate studies in folklore and linguistics at the University of Arizona. She has published in literary journals and popular magazines locally and nationally.
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|Also Known As
||Patricia E. Gunter; Patricia Gunter; P. G. Karamesines; Patricia Karamesines; Patricia Gunter- Karamesines|
||M.A. English, 1986 Brigham Young University|
||2006 Award for Personal Essay ("The Birds of Summer"), Association for Mormon Letters|
2006 Award for Criticism ("The Rhetoric of Stealing God"), Association for Mormon Letters
2005 Dialogue Best of the Year Award for Poetry ("The Peach")
2005 Award for Criticism (A Motley Vision weblog), Association for Mormon Letters
2004 Award in the Novel (The Pictograph Murders), Association for Mormon Letters
2003 Utah Original Writers' Competition, first place for personal essay "Plato's Alcove"
1999 Utah Original Writers' Competition, second place for novel, Ghost Lights, published 2004 as The Pictograph Murders
1995 Utah Original Writers' Competition, honorable mention for group of 10 poems
1988 University of Arizona Poetry Contest, second place for single poem, "Dead Horse Point"
1987 BYU Eisteddfod, Crown competition, first place for single poem, "The Pear Tree"
198? Utah Wilderness Association Poetry Contest, first place for poem, "The Abajos After a Storm"
1982 Mormon Arts Ball, poetry, first place for group of poems
1981 Christian Values in Literature Contest, BYU, second place for essay, "The Vermillion Border"
1981 Vera Hinckley Mayhew Poetry Contest, BYU, first place for group of poems
1980 Vera Hinckley Mayhew Poetry Contest, BYU, third place for group of poems
1980 Mormon Arts Ball Competition, first place for group of poems
1979 Hart-Larson Poetry Contest, first place for group of poems
1979 Vera Hinckley Mayhew Poetry Contest, BYU, second place for group of poems
|Other Biographical Information
||Patricia has been described as a poet, a novelist, a folklorist, an editor, and a literary critic. Certainly at times she behaves as if she were any and all of these and a few other things besides.|
Patricia grew up in the rural Virginia countryside, where she imprinted deeply upon the local flora and fauna. When she left the East to attend Brigham Young University in Utah she brought her impressionability with her, transferring it, perhaps irrevocably, to the desert Southwest. A literary nature journalist by nature, she does tend to write about the natural world … a lot. Whenever she can, she travels to the desert, the nearest place where the infinite becomes the obvious, and wanders from shimmering horizon to shimmering horizon (within reason). A firm believer in the dynamics of language, how language does things to and for people, and in the power of narrative for pro-creation and re-creation, and in the abilities of all language to multiply and replenish or to exploit and ravage, she is a constant explorer of The Possible.
Her opinions are fluid, apt to change with the slightest revelatory experience or if, as she’s said elsewhere, magic words are uttered. She truly believes that she is always wrong and that the point of her life is to become less wrong—for her, a liberating concept.
Currently, Patricia lives in Utah Valley with her husband Mark and three children.
[from A Motley Vision weblog]