Patrick Madden is the author of three essay collections, Disparates (Nebraska, 2020), Sublime Physick (Nebraska, 2016) and Quotidiana (2010). His books have won Foreword Reviews and Independent Publisher book of the year awards, and have been finalists for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the CLMP Firecracker 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

Parneshia Jones

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Brian Leung

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

David Wojahn

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Ellen Lesser

Faculty Co-Chair, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Director, Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Sue William Silverman

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Barbara Hurd

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]