Photo by Yuka Parr

Photo by Yuka Parr

Patrick has lived in Leysin, Switzerland, Oita, Japan, but grew up mostly in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. During his university career, he has taught language, literature and history to thousands of students from over thirty different countries. Most recently he taught at the University of Southern California, and before that the University of Washington - Seattle.  Currently he lives with his wife somewhere around the Pacific Rim. 

Patrick's forthcoming book, titled The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age, will be released in April 2018 by Chicago Review Press. 

Patrick graduated with a degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Catawba College, and followed that up with a Master's degree from Seton Hill University. 

In May 2014, Patrick was awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship for his literary career. 

Patrick's work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. His nonfiction has focused mainly on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He has also written extensively about Japan as well as various biographical portraits of historical figures such as James Baldwin, Kurt Vonnegut and Kato Shidzue (a Japanese feminist).

In the past, Patrick has been a tennis teaching professional, a newspaper delivery boy, and a sad version of Santa Claus.  And although the television show has long concluded, Patrick will defend the absolute greatness of Lost to anyone disappointed by the ending. 

Patrick is represented by Jane Dystel, at the literary agency Dystel, Goderich and Bourret LLC.

For press and speaking inquiries related to The Seminarian, please contact Olivia Aguilar, at or

Quick links to selected articles below. For more articles and information, please see the 'Non-Fiction' and 'Fiction and Poetry' page.     

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

  The Young Man Who Became a Civil Rights Icon - The Atlantic (Excerpt from The Seminarian)                                     MLK and Betty Moitz: A 1950 Love Story - Politico (Adapted Excerpt from The Seminarian)                                                 Fifty Years Later, MLK's Complexity Hangs in the Balance 4.4.2018- Boston Globe

A Sneeze Away: MLK’s Near Death Experience in Harlem - American History Magazine

  Martin Luther King Jr.'s L.A. Bomb Scare - Boom California                                                                                                                                      How MLK and Nonviolence is Perceived in Japan    - The Japan Times                                                                                                                     Rev. Samuel McKinney Remembers His Friend Dr. King  - Seattle Magazine                                                                                                        MLK, Hiroshima, and the Fear of Nuclear Destruction - The Japan Times                                                                                                              How Might MLK Feel about Ferguson - USA Today                                                                                                                                                        Martin Luther King Jr.'s Japanese Friend: Makoto Sakurabayashi  - The Japan Times                                                                                             Dr. King as a Young Athlete - SLAM Magazine                                                                                                                                                                         Martin Luther King Jr.'s Near Appearance on Japanese Television - Japan Today

History Today

Pearl Harbor and Japanese-Americans

The Humanist Magazine

Kurt Vonnegut Survives Humanity                                                                                                                                                                                         James Baldwin Battles Humanity                                                                                                                                                                                             Charles Darwin Almost Didn't Board the HMS Beagle                                                                                                                                                    Barbara McClintock Fights the Male Establishment                                                                                                                                                       

The Japan Times

The First Ever English School in Japan: Ranald MacDonald                                                                                                                                                Culture Shock: Living Abroad in America                                                                                                                                                                       Young Shinzo Abe: Focused Student, Proud Mustang Owner                                                                                                                                  Barack Obama's Historic Hiroshima Visit                                                                                                                                                                   Reverse Culture Shock: Returning Home After a Life Abroad

                                                                                       Current Issues/Politics

Donald Trump's Business History with Japan - Japan Today                                                                                                                                               An International Reaction to Donald Trump's Immigrant Ban - The Humanist                                                                                                 Book Review: Killing the Rising Sun, by Bill O'Reilly - The Humanist                                                                                                              Japanese Who've Studied in U.S. See Nation Changing For the Worse Under Trump - The Japan Times


English as a Second Life: Juggling Cultures in the Age of Globalization - The Font