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 nineteen, she became addicted to travel and has since lived in various parts of Central America, as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, and Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. She also spent a year traversing Canada and the U.S. with a public art display.
Guatemala, where Patricia lived for three years—as an accompanier of refugees with Witness for Peace during the civil war, and later as a language school director—is the setting for much of her writing.
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 was a Carol Houck Smith Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and has been awarded additional fellowships and grants from the Vermont Studio Center, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council.
She 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.