Patrick Madden is the author of two essay collections, Sublime Physick (Nebraska, 2016) and Quotidiana (2010), winner of Foreword Reviews and Independent Publisher book of the year awards, and finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award.

His personal essays, nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and noted in The Best American Essays seven times, have been published widely in such journals as Fourth Genre, Hotel Amerika, the Iowa Review, McSweeney’s, the Normal School, River Teeth, and Southwest Review, and have been anthologized in Brief Encounters, The Best Creative Nonfiction, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. He co-translated Eduardo Milán’s Selected Poems, and, with David Lazar, he co-edited After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays and now co-edits the 21st Century Essays series at Ohio State University Press.

He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD in creative nonfiction from Ohio University. During his doctoral studies, he and his family lived in Montevideo, Uruguay, with a Fulbright Fellowship, which allowed him to investigate Uruguayan culture and history, and interview former Tupamaro revolutionaries for an essay about their 1971 Guinness World Record prison escape. In fall 2012, the Maddens returned to Uruguay with another Fulbright, as he finished his second book and began writing a series of travel essays. He is at work finishing the Uruguay travel essays and collecting his humorous and borrowed-form essays into a book. A 2016 Howard Foundation Fellow, he teaches at Brigham Young University, and he curates an online anthology and essay resource at


PhD - Creative Nonfiction | Ohio University
MA - English | BYU
BS - Physics | Notre Dame

Selected work

Natasha Sajé

Faculty, MFA in Writing

Trinie Dalton

Faculty, MFA in Writing; MFA in Writing & Publishing

Ellen Lesser

Faculty Chair, MFA in Writing; Director, Postgraduate Writers' Conference

David Wojahn

Faculty, MFA in Writing

Richard Jackson

Faculty, Poetry

Barbara Hurd

Faculty, MFA in Writing