Patty Dann has published three novels, Mermaids, Starfish and Sweet & Crazy. Her work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

Mermaids was made into a movie, starring Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci.

Dann is the author of The Butterfly Hours, which was chosen as one of the "Best Books for Writers" by Poets & Writers Magazine. Dann also wrote The Goldfish Went on Vacation: A Memoir of Loss, which received a Foreword Indie Gold Award for Family & Relationships, and The Baby Boat: A Memoir of Adoption.

Dann's articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Science Monitor, O Magazine, The Oregon Quarterly, Redbook, More, Forbes Woman, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Writer's Handbook, Dirt: The Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House and This I Believe: On Motherhood.

New York Magazine named Dann one of the "Great Teachers of NYC." She earned an MFA in writing from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Oregon. She has taught at the Fairfield County Writers' Studio, Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute and the West Side YMCA in NYC.

Dann is married to journalist, Michael Hill and has one son and two stepsons.