Patricia Goodwin grew up in an Italian American neighborhood outside of Boston. She was the first in her family to finish high school and go on to college. She graduated cum laude from Salem State College, Salem, MA where she earned a BA in English Literature. In the early days of the natural foods movement, she created and taught macrobiotic educational programs for the East West Foundation, Brookline, MA (now the Kushi Institute, Becket, MA). She has written many non-fiction articles about diet and health, GMOs and organic food. Now retired, for ten years she was a publicist for artists and independents, running her own public relations firm, PGPR. She co-produced and promoted Women in the Arts 2003, which raised funds for H.A.W.C. (Help for Abused Women and Children).
Holy Days (Plum Press, 2015), about the sexual, psychological seduction of Gloria Wisher and her subsequent transformation, is her latest novel. Her historical novella When Two Women Die (Plum Press, 2012), about the legends of Marblehead, and its sequel, Dreamwater (Plum Press, 2013), she has three books of poetry, Marblehead Moon (Plum Press, 1993), Java Love (Plum Press, 1997) and Atlantis (Plum Press, 2006). Her poetry has been published in Marblehead Magazine, IndeArts, Runes, nthposition.com, Pemmican Press, Radius: Poetry from the Center to the Edge and The Potomac, among others. "A Child's Christmas in Revere," a chapter from her novel, Holy Days was published in the anthology, Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America (Seal Press, 2004). In January of 2005, she produced “American Race,” a four-poet event in conjunction with the publication of Under Her Skin. She also appeared in a PBS Forum, March 10, 2005 reading for Under Her Skin filmed at The Center for New Words, Cambridge, MA. Her blog Far: Ahead of Its Time takes on current issues from a new perspective. Patricia lives with her husband and daughter in an historic seacoast town in Massachusetts.