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Valdata, Patricia 1952-

VALDATA, Patricia 1952-


Born October 16, 1952, in New Brunswick, NJ; daughter of William and Ethel (Kovaks) Valdata; married Robert Schreiber (a computer systems architect), April 21, 1979. Education: Douglass College, B.A. (mass communications), 1974; Rutgers University, B.A. (English), 1977; Goddard College, M.F.A. (writing), 1991. Hobbies and other interests: Soaring, boating.


Office—Cloudstreet Communications, 36 Gina Court, Elkton, MD 21921. E-mail—[email protected].


Writer and educator. Technical writer and editor, 1975-89; University of Delaware, Newark, adjunct instructor, 1990-94, assistant professor of English, 1994-97; Cloudstreet Communications, Elkton, MD, founder and president, 2000—. AstraZeneca, Wilmington, DE, writer and project manager.


International Association of Business Communicators (president of Delaware chapter, 2001), Women Soaring Pilots Association (founding member and former president), American Women Pilots.


Joseph C. Lincoln Award, Soaring Society of America, 1994, for story "Just like a Hawk"; First Prize, International Icarus, for poem "Directions to Bombay Hook"; First Prize, Eastern Shore Regional Poetry Competition, 2000, for "Fluid Dynamics"; Individual Artist Award for Poetry, Maryland State Arts Council, 2001.


Crosswind (novel), Wind Canyon, 1997.

Looking for Bivalve (poetry chapbook), Pecan Grove Press (San Antonio, TX), 2002.


Two more novels.


Patricia Valdata told CA: "I come from a blue-collar background where participation in the arts was not encouraged. It took me a long time to take myself seriously as a writer, and so I was well into my forties before my first novel was published. I hope to make up for lost time now, and I urge anyone who wants to write to do so regardless of their background or environment."

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