Patrick McNeil

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Patrick has been a member of the Backyard Writers since 2011, and took lead of the workshop in 2014. He is a writer of prose, a believer in the city, and founder and director of the Writers Residency in Tufo. Some examples of his work include:

House of Our Brothers, a chapbook published in the 2018 Shockwire Chapbook Series, from the Head and the Hand Press, available either via vending machine in Fishtown or online purchase, here;

Saving Rosa di Tufo, an essay published in the Spring 2018 issue of Italian American Magazine, detailing the process behind the Tufo push;

Sanctuary, a creative nonfiction story published in the Fall 2017 issue of Philadelphia Stories, deals with love and homelessness, and the idea of safe spaces;

Benjamin Franklin Bridge Blue, a short story published in July 2016 in Eclectica Magazine and featured as that issue’s Spotlight Runner-Up, draws heavily from Patrick’s work in Philadelphia’s homeless shelters;

You Champion, another chapbook published by the Head and the Hand, and featured in that headshot above;

Color it Bluer, a creative nonfiction piece published in Apiary 5 in 2013;

Divine Lorraine, a historical fiction piece published in WragsInk‘s 2012 Anthology Philly;

Penn Treaty, a historical fiction piece published in Philos Adelphos Irrealis out of UPenn’s Kelly Writers House in 2012;

Derek Dead, a creative nonfiction piece published in the March 2010 issue of Word Riot.

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