Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.
Susan Koefod has published fiction, memoir, and poetry. And she was awarded a 2013 McKnight Artist Fellowship For Writers. She holds an MFA in writing from Hamline University, and lives with her family in West Saint Paul. The Beat is daily reminder that, in Minnesota poetry matters, and Minnesota poets prove that every day.