Last Updated: 12 May, 2023 | Views: 399
Other Profession(s): Writer, NoveList, Academic
Famous For: Author Won "Readercon's Best Imaginative Literature Award"
Higher Education: Master of Fine Arts
Patricia "Patty" Aakhus was an American novelist and the director of international studies at the University of Southern Indiana. Patricia McDowell was both her maiden name and her pen name. After receiving her degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Patricia went on to Norwich University to earn her MFA. Patricia was an expert on Irish subjects.
At the University of Southern Indiana, Aakhus served as both the program director for international studies and the head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Patricia further instructed students in classical and global mythology, magic history, and comparative studies. She taught creative writing as well as a background in alchemy and magic.
Patricia Aakhus wrote three novels. Out of the three novels, The Voyage of Duin's Curragh won Best Imaginative Literature Award. The Sorrows of Tara and Daughter of the Boyne are Patricia Aakhus' other two books. They are based on Old Irish epic poems that she translated. All novels were published by Wolfhound Press in Dublin.
The day before she turned 60, on May 16, 2012, she passed away from cancer in Evansville, Indiana. Her husband, two kids, three siblings, and other relatives of her extended family all survived her. Patricia was writing on the current book Dogtown at the time.
Achievements and Awards:
In 1990, Patricia was given the Best Imaginative Literature Award.
Her book The Voyage of Mael Duin's Curragh earned her the Cahill Award.