Patricia Debney was born in Texas and now lives in Kent. She is the author of two books: a collection of prose poetry, How to Be a Dragonfly (Smith Doorstop Books, 2005), which was the overall winner of the 2004 Poetry Business Competition; and a novel, Losing You (bluechrome, 2007). Her collection of short stories, Black Hole and Other Stories, is forthcoming from bluechrome in 2008.

Her short stories and poetry have appeared in various anthologies and journals, including New Writing, Tales of the Decongested, and the Forward Anthology of Best Poems, as well as online. She has written libretti for opera as well as for solo voice. She was poet-in-residence at the 2007 Deal Festival, and a judge for the 2007 Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year. She has taught creative writing for fifteen years across all levels and stages: for Arvon, adult education, in prisons, and in schools. She currently lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Kent, where she teaches on both the undergraduate and MA programmes. In September 2007 she was appointed the first Canterbury Laureate. She lives in Canterbury with her composer partner and their two children.