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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Patrick Somerville  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1979 in Wisconsin


Illinois Connection

Somerville lives in Chicago and teaches in the master's in fine arts programs of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Somerville grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He went to college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later earned his MFA from Cornell University. He has taught creative writing and English at Cornell, Northwestern University, Auburn State Correctional Facility, and The Graham School in Chicago. His writing has appeared in ''One Story'', ''Epoch'', ''GQ'', ''Esquire'', and ''Best American Nonrequired Reading''.

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-- * Received the 2009 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library * ''Trouble'' was named 2006's Best Book by a Chicago Author by ''Time Out Chicago''