Patricia Sharpe fell in love with the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking practices at a conference in 1983 where Institute Associates ran a workshop on Sylvia Plath’s poem *Poppies in October,* and she understood for the first time how for Plath blood could signify vitality. Since that year, she has taught Literature, Writing, Film, and Women’s Studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where she became Academic Dean in 1993. She is co-author, with Frances E. Mascia-Lees, of the book *Taking a Stand in a Post-Feminist World: Toward and Engaged Cultural Criticism* (SUNY Press, 2000) and numerous articles. With Institute Associates Ray Peterson and Valeri Thomson, she has helped to found the Bard High School Early Colleges in New York City. A graduate of Barnard College, and of the Ph.D. program and the University of Texas, she taught at Lady Amritbai Daga College for Women in Nagpur, India, SUNY Buffalo, and The University of Michigan before joining the Bard family.