A graduate of St. Michael’s College, Dave Patterson holds an MA from the Bread Loaf School of English and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. While at Bread Loaf, Patterson won the Freeman Short Fiction contest. His work has appeared in Slice Magazine, Salon, Hot Metal Bridge, The Drunken Odyssey, Storyacious, Clare Literary Journal, The Apple Valley Review, and Blinders Literary Journal among other journals, and he was a finalist for a 2019 Maine Literary Award. He currently teaches writing to high school students in Maine and at Southern New Hampshire University’s Online MFA program in Creative Writing. He is currently at work on his second novel.
As a journalist and beer critic, Patterson’s work has appeared in the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Activity Maine, and Maine Brew Guides among other publications. His Beer Muse column appeared weekly in Maine Today from 2014 to 2018.
In addition to writing, Dave is also a musician and songwriter. He spent a decade in the Portland based band, This Way. The band shared bills with G. Love and Special Sauce, Mason Jennings, and My Morning Jacket, and won a Portland Phoenix Award for Best Americana Band. His current music projects are The High Spirits and Peddle Steal.