Patrick Hicks

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Augustana University English Dept, Box 2181
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Author's Bio

Patrick Hicks is the author of over ten books, including The Collector of NamesAdoptable, and This London—he also wrote the critically and popularly acclaimed novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which was published by Steerforth/Random House.

His work has appeared in such journals and magazines as Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, The Georgia ReviewPrairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Salon, Chronicle of Higher Education, Commonweal, Huffington Post, Guernica, The Utne Reader, and many others.

He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize, he was recently a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, the Dzanc Short Story Competition, the Gival Press Novel Award, and the Steinberg Essay Prize. His poetry has appeared on NPR, The PBSNewsHour, and American Life in Poetry. His first novel held company among only 20 books selected for National Reading Group Month and it was listed as a Top Pick for First Year College Programs. A winner of the Glimmer Train Fiction Award, he is also the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships, including awards from the Bush Artist Foundation, the South Dakota Arts Council, the Loft Literary Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was recently a finalist for an Emmy and is the radio host of Poetry from Studio 47.

A dual-citizen of Ireland and America, he is the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University as well as a faculty member at the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. He has lived in Northern Ireland, England, Germany, and Spain, but has returned to his Midwestern roots. When not writing, he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie with his British wife and he is a sucker for playing in the backyard with his son, who was adopted from South Korea.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

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Huffington Post
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Utne Reader


The Commandant of Lubizec (Steerforth Press, 2014)


A Harvest of Words: Contemporary South Dakota Poetry (Center for Western Studies, 2010)
This London (Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2010)
Finding the Gossamer (Salmon Poetry, 2008)
The Kiss That Saved My Life (Red Dragonfly Press, 2007)
Draglines (Lone Willow Press, 2006)
Traveling Through History (Moon Pie Press, 2005)

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Irish American
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Born in: 
Charlotte, NC
North Carolina
Raised in: 
Stillwater, MN
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Last update: Dec 23, 2019