Patti M. Marxsen
Helene Schweitzer by Maine writer Patti M. Marxsen

Patti M. Marxsen

Patti Marxsen's essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in Fourth Genre, The French Review, Caribbean Writer, Absinthe, New England Antiques Journal, Art New England, International Herald Tribune, Prairie Schooner, Journal of Haitian Studies, and Offshoots: Writers from Geneva, to name a few.

She has also written and edited a number of print and online publications for the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue during her role has publications manager (2000–2007) at this organization, then called the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century. Several of these works related to restorative justice, intercultural dialogue, literature, and educational philosophy can be accessed at

Since moving from the Boston area to Switzerland in 2007, Marxsen's writing has focused on art, travel, and literature of the Francophone world. In the spring of 2008, her collection of travel essays on islands with French connections was published by Alondra Press, Island Journeys: Exploring the Legacy of France. In 2010, her collection of short stories, Tales from the Heart of Haiti, was published by Educa Vision. Also in 2010, her first English translation from the French appeared of Albert Schweitzer's Lambarene: A Legacy of Humanity for Our World Today by Jo and Walter Munz.

Kindle readers may enjoy her essays about life in Switzerland, Rousseau's Refuge and Other Essays Out of Switzerland, now in its second edition with the inclusion of "Gateau de Payerne," which won the Geneva Writers Award for Nonfiction in 2013. Marxsen's biography of Helene Schweitzer, the wife of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, was published in the spring of 2015 by Syracuse University Press, accompanied by her Kindle Edition essay, “On Writing the Life of Helene Schweitzer.” Marxsen’s English translation of Swiss writer C. F. Ramuz's book-length prose poem, Riversong of the Rhone, also appear in 2015, published by Onesuch Press as a bilingual edition.