Photo by Yuka Parr

Photo by Yuka Parr

Patrick's book, titled The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age, was released in April 2018 by Chicago Review Press, the Wall Street Journal calling it “original, much-needed and even stirring.” Pulitzer-Prize winning author David J. Garrow wrote that The Seminarian is “without question the most original and important book about King’s life to appear in more than a quarter century.”

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, Ralph Ellison and Kato Shidzue.

He currently writes a bi-monthly column for Japan Today, about historical figures visiting Japan for the first time. See below for links to the ongoing series.

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

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

To contact Patrick directly, email him at pdparr14 at  

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 How Coretta Scott King brought her husband's message to Japan - The Japan Times  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

ICAN champions grass-roots efforts to persuade Japan and others to support a nuclear-free world - The Japan Times Donald Trump's Business History with Japan - Japan Today                                                                                                                                              An International Reaction to Donald Trump's Immigrant Ban - The Humanist                                                                                                           Japanese Who've Studied in U.S. See Nation Changing For the Worse Under Trump - The Japan Times

Book Reviews

Killing the Rising Sun, by Bill O'Reilly - The Humanist The Bells of Old Tokyo, by Anna Sherman - The Japan Times Mr. Straight Arrow: The Career of John Hersey, by Jeremy Treglown - The Japan Times


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



Alexander Graham Bell…coming November 2019…

American President Ulysses S Grant talks peace in Meiji-Era Japan (1879)

Russia’s Nicholas II is Scarred for Life in 19th Century Japan (1891)

Bertrand Russell’s Blinding Japanese Resurrection (1922)

Margaret Sanger brings 'dangerous thoughts' to Japan (1922)

When Albert Einstein formulated his Japanese cultural equation (1922)    

Charlie Chaplin tramps his way past a Japanese coup d’état (1932)

The Sultan of Swat Babe Ruth Visits Japan (1934)

Helen Keller Brings Hope and Light to Japan (1937)

John Hersey Visits the Ruins of Hiroshima (1946)

Mrs and Mr Marilyn Monroe honeymoon in Japan (1954)

Ralph Ellison Makes Himself Visible in 1950’s Japan (1957)

J. Robert Oppenheimer, Father of the Atomic Bomb, Visits Postwar Japan (1960)

Audrey Hepburn Casts a Spell Over Postwar Japan (1954 - ?)