About Me
Pat Riviere-Seel is poet, a runner, a woman who has lived long enough to have “past” and “former” prefixes for more jobs and volunteer positions than she can name without looking at a resume.

She is the 2016-18 Distinguished Poet for western North Carolina in the NC Poetry Society's Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series.  The mentoring program pairs an established poet with a student from middle-school, a high-school student, a college or university student and an adult not currently enrolled in school.  

In 2016 she co-edited Kakalak, an anthology of poetry and art by North Carolina and South Carolina poets and artists. 

Her writing roots include years with the Toe River Scribblers writer’s group, which was honored at the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival in Burnsville in 2013. She earned an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and has published two prize-winning collections: No Turning Back Now and The Serial Killer’s Daughter. Her 2014 poetry collection, Nothing Below but Air was a semifinalist for the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award. 

Pat has taught in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program. In 2012 she held a unique position as poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo. As part of the residency she wrote a poem for the zoo. Her poem, "Summer Solstice" is on permanent display at the black bear exhibit. Her poem "Summer Solstice" is on display at the black bear exhibit (pictured to the right). 

Pat enjoys teaching and is available to teach poetry workshops and mentor private students.


Like her poems, Pat's a work in progress who runs, gardens, practices yoga, rides her bicycle, hikes, and reads.

Pat also enjoys photography, cooking, and has just begun playing with paint. She’s determined to learn to sing on key so that she does not embarrass herself and irritate others. 

Learn more about the theatrical performances 
of The Serial Killer's Daughter HERE.

Artist in Residence at the NC Zoo
(Yes, it was a good fit!)