Patrick McKenna Lynch Smith, author

Patrick M L Smith, author


Born under a bad sign in Boston, Patrick McKenna Lynch Smith grew up in Connecticut. After attending the Protracted School, the author worked at many jobs, and many other jobs, including belaboring the point. On several occasions, he arrived where he started and knew the place for the first time. He was married, widowed, married a widow, and rose again to slouch towards Bethlehem. He also ate sour grapes and drank life to the lees.

Leaving the Life: A true story of love, loss and gratitude Patrick Smith author of Leaving the Life and Leaving Fire
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Smith graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Anthropology. He writes fiction, non-fiction, and traditional rhyming poetry. In between writing, he has worked as a commercial fisherman and in the building trades.

Smith served as a guest lecturer at Laurelynn Martin's "Write Your Life" seminars, was selected for a scholarship for the prestigious Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and has written marketing copy.

The memoir Leaving the Life: A true story of love, loss and gratitude was five years in the making. It is his first published work.

His first published novel was Leaving Fire.

He also writes traditional rhyming poetry. His articles and poems have never been published in The New Yorker.


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Patrick M L Smith
P.O. Box 206
South Woodstock, CT 06267-0206