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 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. 

To contact Patrick, you can email him at pdparr14@gmail.com

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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

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

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

 Education/Teaching

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