Patti F. Smith
Patti Smith started writing on her mother’s old manual typewriter and hasn’t stopped. She quickly
learned that her aptitude for fiction writing would not take her far as a lawyer, so she switched careers
to become a special education teacher. She began her teaching career in Detroit Public Schools, and
found she still couldn’t use her creative writing skills so she started writing young adult books set in the
(now demolished) school where she taught students with visual impairments and learning disabilities.
Patti lives in the greatest city on earth—Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is an author of local historical fiction,
including Images of America: Downtown Ann Arbor, and the forthcoming A People’s History of the
People’s Food Co-Op. She enjoys public speaking, storytelling, doing improv, playing the ukulele, doing
old timey country dancing, and being very involved in her hometown. She also writes for Concentrate
Media, Mittenbrew, and other local periodicals.
She is happily married to Ken Anderson, and the stepmom to two cats. If you get her talking about Ann
Arbor, be prepared to learn more about it than you ever thought possible.
Represented by: Marisa Corvisiero & Vanessa Robins