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Name:  Paul Hendrickson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1944 in Fresno,California


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Hendrickson was raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paul Hendrickson was born in California but grew up in the Midwest and in a Catholic seminary in the Deep South, where he studied seven years for the missionary priesthood. This became the subject of his first book, published in 1983, ''Seminary: A Search''. Since 1998 he has been on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania. For two decades before that he was a staff writer at The Washington Post. He has been the recipient of writing fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lyndhurst Foundation, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation. In 2009 he was a joint visiting professor of documentary practice at Duke University and of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Hendrickson has presented at the National Book Festival in Washington DC. A link to his webcast is below: *[ 2012 Book Festival Webcast]He currently resides outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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