Patrick Somerville grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, went to college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later earned his MFA from Cornell University. He has taught creative writing and English at Cornell and Auburn State Correctional Facility, and currently teaches in the MFA programs for Northwestern and Warren Wilson. His books include two collections of stories—Trouble (2006) and The Universe in Miniature in Miniature (2010)—and two novels, The Cradle (2009) and This Bright River (2012). The Cradle was nominated for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Award. It was also a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for Spring 2009, a Target Emerging Writers pick, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. This Bright River was a New York Times Editor’s Choice as well, and The Universe in Miniature in Miniature was short-listed for the 2010 Story Prize.
Patrick’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, One Story, Epoch, GQ, Good Magazine, Esquire, Guernica, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is a MacDowell Fellow and the winner of the 2009 21st Century Award, given annually by the Chicago Public Library.
Patrick also writes for the FX drama The Bridge and Fox’s 24.
Email: Click, or right-click and copy the address, to email Patrick.
Pics: Here’s a fickr set where you can grab some press photos if you need them.
Publicist: For publicity inquiries about The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, contact Linas Jasikevicius at featherproof. (If you dare.)
More: Here’s an interview with Patrick in bookslut.
More: Here’s an interview with Patrick in The L Magazine.
More: Here’s a little bloggy thing about Patrick in the New Yorker (kind of—the Book Bench)
More: Here’s one of Patrick’s favorite interviews ever: talking with Tift Merritt for her show The Spark on Marfa NPR.