Patricia Hampl’s most recent books are the memoirs The Florist’s Daughter and Blue Arabesque. She first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her memoir about her Czech heritage. She is also the author of two collections of poetry, as well as Spillville, a meditation on Antonin Dvorak’s 1893 summer in Iowa, and Virgin Time, an inquiry into contemplative life. Her essay collection, I Could Tell You Stories, was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Hampl is an Alaska Quarterly Review contributing editor.