Patrice Boyer Claeys grew up among the plain-spoken Pennsylvania Dutch. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Manchester, U.K. After years in publishing and PR, Patrice completed a Certificate in Poetry from the Writer's Studio of the University of Chicago and published her first full-length collection, Lovely Daughter of the Shattering (Kelsay Books, 2019). Her second book, The Machinery of Grace, followed in 2020. She collaborated with Gail Goepfert on two books: Honey from the Sun (Blurb, 2020) and This Hard Business of Living to be published in summer 2021 by Seven Kitchens Press. Her work has appeared in little somethings press, Zone 3, Relief: A Journal of Art and Faith, Aeolian Harp Anthology 5, Light: A Journal of Photography and Poetry, Mom Egg Review, and After Hours, among others, and is forthcoming in Pirene’s Fountain. A member of Illinois State Poetry Society, Patrice thanks her writing group, Plumb Line Poets, for keeping her chiseling away. She was nominated for both the Pushcart Prize (2019) and Best of the Net (2014, 2019).