Patricia Grace King grew up in North Carolina’s Appalachian foothills, the granddaughter of Mennonite preachers on both sides of the family. After moving to Spain at age nineteen, she became addicted to travel and has since lived in various parts of Central America, including Guatemala, where she spent three years—as an accompanier of refugees during the civil war, and later as a language school director.
Patricia’s first book, Day of All Saints, won the 2017 Miami University Novella Prize and was shortlisted for the 2017 Balcones Fiction Prize. Her two chapbooks, Rubia and The Death of Carrie Bradshaw, respectively won The Florida Review’s Jeanne Leiby Memorial Contest and the Kore Press Short Fiction Award. Her stories have been published by Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Narrative Magazine, Nimrod, and other journals.
She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College’s Program for Writers and a Ph.D. from Emory University, where she was a Dean’s Teaching Fellow. She has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Illinois Arts Council.
After stints in Atlanta, Chicago, and Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley—plus a year traversing Canada and the U.S. in a van—Patricia now lives with her husband in Durham, England, where she is completing a novel as well as a story collection and is learning to love mushy peas.