Patti (Spady) Ross graduated from Washington, DC’s Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts, The American University and The Keller Graduate School of Management. As a lifetime learner, Patti holds a certificate in Writing for Social Justice from the University of California, Berkeley. After high-school graduation, she performed with several local theatre companies in the Washington region. In addition to her performance career, she used her college degree in print media to freelance several of her journalist pieces gaining publication in the Washington Times and the Rural America newspapers. Next, Patti took on the corporate technology arena, gaining Presidents Club recognition at several fortune 500 companies. Having traveled throughout the United States and abroad, she chose to raise her daughters in Columbia, MD.
A few years ago, Patti rediscovered her love of writing and is sharing her voice as the spoken word artist “little pi.” Her debut chapbook, St. Paul Street Provocations, was released in 2021 by Yellow Arrow Publishing. She is a former board member for the Maryland Writers Association. At present, she sits on the advisory boards of several non-profit organizations in the Baltimore region. Patti lives in Ellicott City, MD. In 2021 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poem “Indemnity”. Patti is the first Poet in Residence for the AA Food Bank in partnership with PoetryXHunger.