Portrait of Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry

  • Instructor, English

Contact Info

Office Address

Merrifield Hall Room 100b
276 Centennial Dr Stop 7209
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7209


A native of rural Pennsylvania, I grew up surrounded by storytellers, rich folklore, and the abandoned sites and machinery from the Keystone State’s heyday as an industrial hub. This upbringing has inspired my view that stories and literature are always a public good: inclusive communities and social networks thrive on narratives. As a creative writer, editor, and critic, I am drawn to exploring how the acts of crafting, interpreting, and sharing literature generate empathy across the divides of time, space, nation, and region. In my classes and work, I emphasize the role of new media (like digital publications and podcasts) in opening new venues for young writers and for literary engagement. After spending nearly a decade in urban homes like Newark, NJ, and Washington, DC, I’m thrilled to be at UND and along the banks of the Red River, places which remind me of my favorite spots along Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River.

ENGL 226: Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGL 271: Reading & Writing about Texts

ENGL 306: Creative Writing: Fiction

ENGL 414: The Art of Writing: Fiction

Creative Writing

Creative Writing Pedagogy

Twentieth Century British Literature

Literary Modernism

Public Humanities

Publishing & Editing / Literary Magazines & Journals


Selected Short Fiction

Selected Criticism & Reviews

PhD, The George Washington University (2017): English

MFA, Rutgers University – Newark (2012): Creative Writing

MA, Bucknell University (2010): English

BA, Susquehanna University (2008): Creative Writing

BA, Susquehanna University (2008): Political Science

Modern Language Association of America, 2015 to Present

Association of Writers and Writing Programs, 2015 to Present

Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association, 2013 to Present

Northeast Modern Language Association, 2011 to Present