April Patrick

Director of Honors Program, Lecturer in Literature

Courses Taught

  • Women Poets and Poetic Tradition
  • Young Adult Literature (both undergraduate and graduate level)
  • Romanticism
  • World Literature III
  • American Dreams, American Tragedies
  • Honors Research Seminar
  • College Writing Workshop
  • Research Writing Workshop

Research Interests

As a scholar of British literature, Dr. Patrick explores intersections between poetry, fiction, life writing, periodical studies, gender studies, and medicine. She also studies the history of children's and young adult fiction and nonfiction from the 19th century through contemporary works.


  • Ph.D., English & Women's Studies, Texas Christian University
  • M.A., English & Women's Studies, University of Houston
  • B.A., English & Secondary Education, Schreiner University

Selected Publications

  • The Periodical Poetry Index: A Research Database of Poetry in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals. Co-Director with Natalie Houston and Lindsy Lawrence; periodicalpoetry.org.
  • “Bibliographic Databases and the ‘Golden Stream’: Constructing The Periodical Poetry Index.” With Natalie Houston and Lindsy Lawrence. Victorian Review 38.2 (Sept. 2013).
  • “Teaching and Learning with the Periodical Poetry Index.” With Natalie M. Houston and Lindsy Lawrence. Victorian Periodicals Review 45.2 (Summer 2012): 224-27.
  • “A Review of Trends and Teaching Composition: A Professional Development DVD by Pearson Longman.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 13.2 (2009): n. pg. Web. With Angela Bullard, Kelly Cameron, David Elder, Charlotte Hogg, Amanda Irvin, Jason King, Laura Knudson, Matthew Koch, Joddy Murray, and Kristi Serrano.

Selected Presentations

  • “‘An Old Malady Returned’: Katharine Tynan’s Memorial Essays in the 1890s.” Research Society of Victorian Periodicals. University of Ghent. Ghent, Belgium. July 2015.
  • “Patient Relations: The Value of Family in Facing Breast Cancer.” British Women Writers Conference. City University of New York. New York, NY. June 2015.
  • “Digital Bibliographic Scholarship: New Forms of Traditional Research.” Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. University of Salford. Manchester, UK. July 2013.
  • “Navigating the Alt-Ac Track.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Denver, CO. October 2012.
  • “Curious Medical Narratives: Breast Cancer and Women’s Experiences with Medicine of the 1890s.” British Women Writers Conference. The Ohio State University. Columbus, OH. March 2011.
  • “‘Not to keep it concealed’: Coverage of Breast Cancer in Victorian Women's Periodicals.” Research Society of Victorian Periodicals. Yale University. New Haven, CT. September 2010.
  • “Breast Cancer in the Nineteenth Century: Narrating the Journey through Diagnosis, Treatment, and the Aftermath.” British Women Writers Conference. Texas A&M University. College Station, TX. April 2010.
  • “How to Live and Grieve: Instructions from Early Victorian Women’s Memorial Poetry.” Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. University of St. Thomas. Minneapolis, MN. August 2009.
  • “‘Our Sense of National Loss’: Collective Memory and Royal Death, 1861-1865.” North American Victorian Studies Association & British Association for Victorian Studies Joint Conference. Cambridge University, UK. July 2009.

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