Patrick Hicks

Patrick Hicks

Visiting Faculty


Patrick Hicks has won the Glimmer Train Fiction Award, been a notable mention in Best American Stories, and he is the recipient of a number of grants, including ones from the Bush Artist Foundation, the Loft Literary Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize, been a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, the Dzanc Short Story Collection Competition, and the Gival Press Novel Award. He has been nominated for an Emmy twice. He is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Finding the Gossamer, This London, and Adoptable, all from Salmon Poetry (Ireland) and his latest short story collection is The Collector of Names. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, New Ohio Review, Natural Bridge, Utne Reader, Salon, Commonweal, The Huffington Post, and many others.

A former Visiting Fellow at Oxford and a dual citizen of Ireland and the United States, he is now the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University. For many years Patrick lived in Northern Ireland, England, Germany, and Spain, but he has returned to his Midwestern roots. When not writing, he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie with his British wife and his young son, who was adopted from South Korea. His first novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which is about the Holocaust, was one of only twenty books chosen for National Reading Group Month.


  • M.A., English, DePaul University
  • M.A., Irish Writing, Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Ph.D., Irish Writing, University of Sussex, England