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Huyett, Patricia Lee (April 27, 1951-October 10, 2011)



  • Existence: April 27, 1951 - October 10, 2011


Patricia Lee Huyett was born April 27, 1951, to Charles and Amy Huyett in Lenexa, Kansas. After graduating from Shawnee Mission North High School in 1969, she attended Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She eventually achieved her Masters of Art Degree in 1984 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), where she graduated with honors.

Huyett edited over 40 books of poetry and prose for small presses. Her poems have appeared in New Laurel Review, Webster Review, Pleaides, Poet & Critic, Yellow Silk, Midway Review, Survivor, Recursive Angel, Uncle, Main Street Poetry Rag, New Letters, and Sing, Heavenly Muse! – and in the anthologies First Anthology of Missouri Women Writers, Kansas City Outloud II, and Women Celebrate.

She published a book of songs, The Dowry of Donna Beach: Songs for a Woman’s Voice, and was co-author of The Diving Bird of Lake Atitlan, a bilingual book for children with Guatemalan artist Anabella Pena. She co-authored a collection of Russian folktales with artist and historian Julia Stepanenko. She also published the work Eldorado Rosa: Voices from Midtown.

She won an Honorable Mention in The American Pen Women of Portland’s national poetry contest for her collection Aunt Willella’s Lover.

She had taught writing at UMKC since 1982. She also taught writing at Penn Valley Community College, and for three years at the Kansas City Art Institute where she was an adjunct professor. She had served as Coordinator of Writing Assessment at UMKC since 1992. Her bio has appeared in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in American Education. Her scholarly articles on writing assessment can be found in ERIC: Clearinghouse for Teacher Education and Assessment in Practice.

Huyett died October 10, 2011, at age 60.

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Patricia Huyett Collection

Identifier: MS-0193
Scope and Contents The Patricia Huyett Collection was gifted to the LaBudde Special Collections in April 2011 by Pat Huyett. Huyett, an alumnus of and English professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was a Renaissance woman in the truest sense of the word, and this collection reflects those broad identities. Among the jewels of this collection are her personal journals, which range in emotions from whimsical to compelling. As she documents the experience of a young girl’s journey into womanhood,...
Dates: 1953 - 2008