Pat Hanahoe-Dosch earned a BA in liberal arts from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona in Tucson. When she turned 30, she sold or gave away most of what she owned; stored her books, car, and few other things with a friend; and then backpacked all around Southeast Asia. Later, she taught for six years for the University of Maryland University College's overseas programs on military bases around the world, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bosnia, Turkey, Egypt, Germany, Spain, and Okinawa, Japan, and traveled throughout those parts of the world. After returning to the United States, she taught at various colleges in Washington D.C., Chicago, and New Jersey before finally settling down in Lancaster, PA, where she is an Associate Professor of English at Harrisburg Area Community College. She still loves traveling but considers poetry her greatest passion.