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 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.”
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.
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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
The Humanist Magazine
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
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