Dayna Patterson has produced a book obsessed with motherhood and daughterhood, ancestry, and transition—of home, family, faith, and the narratives woven to uphold the Self. In her debut collection of poetry and lyric essay, Patterson grapples with a patriarchal and polygamous heritage. After learning about her mother’s bisexuality, Patterson befriends doubt while simultaneously feeling the urge to unearth a feminist theology, one that envisions God the Mother taking pride in her place at the banquet table.
Dayna Patterson is the author of three chapbooks, most recently Titania in Yellow. Her creative work has appeared in POETRY, Crab Orchard Review, Gingerbread House, and Whale Road Review. Her poem “Eloher” won the A Mother Here: Art and Poetry Contest in 2014. Her essays and poems have been nominated for the Pushcart and Best of the Net anthologies, and her piece “Contents” was a Best of the Net finalist in 2018. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre and a coeditor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry.