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Patrick Madden :: Curriculum Vitae

English Department
360 Ellis Hall
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701
phone: 001 (598-2) 320-6052
email: pm358690 at ohio dot edu

[Note: I am in Uruguay from September 2002–September 2003. I can receive mail at the Ohio University address above. The phone number listed is at my house in Uruguay (001 is to dial internationally; 598 is Uruguay’s country code; 2 is Montevideo’s city code). The best way to contact me is probably email.]


Ph.D. in English, Ohio University, expected 2004

Emphasis: Creative Nonfiction Writing and Twentieth-century American Literature
(special interests in the personal essay, Latin American literature, travel writing, computers)

Dissertation: In the Land of Painted Birds (“literature of place” or “being-there” travelogue about Uruguay, with a focus on everyday life as well as on history and adventure.)

Advisor: David Lazar; committee members: Robert DeMott, Susan Crowl

M.A. in English, Brigham Young University, 1999, magna cum laude

Emphasis: Creative Nonfiction Writing

Thesis: East of the River of Snails (missionary memoir composed of interrelated personal essays)

Advisor: John Bennion; committee members: Leslie Norris, Phil Snyder

B.S. in Physics, University of Notre Dame, 1993, magna cum laude


Please see < losmadden.com/writing/ > for my online writing portfolio, which includes, among other things, downloadable files of many of my published pieces.

Creative Nonfiction

“Divers Weights and Divers Measures.” Post Road forthcoming Spring 2003 (5 ms pages)
[Note: This piece shares a title with another below, but the two are completely different.]

“Laughter.” North Dakota Quarterly Vol. 69 No. 1, Winter 2002, 49–62.

“Divers Weights and Divers Measures.” Water~Stone Vol. 5 No. 1, Fall 2002, 95–108.
[Note: This piece shares a title with another above, but the two are completely different.]

“Galpones, Gallinas, Garrafas.” Under the Sun Vol. VII No. 1, Summer 2002, 240–246.

“Gravity and Distance.” Mississippi Review Vol. 8 No. 2, Spring 2002 (14 ms pages)

“We Lost Gonzalo.” Evansville Review Vol. XII, 2002, 89–97.

“I Saw a Mountain.” Crab Orchard Review Vol. 6 No. 2, Spring/Summer 2001, 161–169.

“In My Life.” The Mochila Review Vol. 2, Spring 2001, 99–105.

“The Week of the Beer.” The Chattahoochee Review Vol. XXI No. 2, Winter 2001, 114–119.

“Congratulations on Mandela!” The Journal of African Travel-Writing No. 8/9, 2001, 120–127.

“Creeping Grass.” Confluence Vol. 12, 2001, 21–24.

“Divisions.” New Delta Review Vol. 18 No. 1, Fall/Winter 2000, 25–32.

“We Were Born to Be Loved.” Windhover No. 5, Fall/Winter 2000, 16–26.

“Down on Batlle’s Farm.” Dialogue Vol. 33 No. 2, Summer 2000, 157–166.

“The Bidet Towel.” Sphere No. 44, 2000, 64–65.

“Luis Silva.” BYU Studies Vol. 38 No. 3, Fall 1999, 83–87.

“The Most Correct of Any Book.” Rough Draft Summer 1999, 22–23 (tabloid format).

“How President Sana Split Maroñas.” The Daily Universe 8 October 1998, 15 (broadsheet format).

“East of the River of Birds.” (includes 5 short essays) Inscape Vol. 18 No. 2, 1998, 55–64.


“Proper Use and Care of Your Hair Shirt.” Portland Magazine forthcoming 2003.

“Why God Gave Me Children.” Portland Magazine Vol. 21 No. 3, Fall 2002, 9.

“The Moon from Paysandú.” BYU Studies Vol. 39 No. 4, Winter 2001.


“Interview with Brian Doyle.” River Teeth forthcoming 2003.

“Interview with Eduardo Galeano.” Fourth Genre Vol. 3 No. 2, Fall 2001, 180–205.
[I conducted the interview in Spanish in person in Montevideo in December 2000, then translated it into English. I also made a selection of Galeano’s writings, titled “Ventanas, Tejidos, Abrazos,” and wrote introductions for both the interview and the selection.]


“Toward an Enduring Conversion: The Importance of Spiritual Habit.” Colloquium: Essays in Literature and Belief. Richard Cracroft, Jane D. Brady, and Linda Hunter Adams, eds. Provo: Brigham Young UP, 2001. 59–68.

Book Reviews

Review of The Fish’s Eye: Essays About Angling and the Outdoors by Ian Frazier. Ohioaha Quarterly Vol. XLIV No. 3, Fall 2002.

Reader-to-reader review of Operation Shylock by Philip Roth, The Emigrants by W. G. Sebald, Auschwitz and After by Charlotte Delbo, and W, or the Memory of Childhood by Georges Perec. Fourth Genre Vol. 4 No. 2, Fall 2002, 224–226.

Review of The Force of Spirit by Scott Russell Sanders. Ohioana Quarterly Vol. XLIV No. 2, Summer 2001.

Review of Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-glass World by Eduardo Galeano. Fourth Genre Vol. 3 No. 1, Spring 2001.

“In Dante’s Footsteps”: review of Leap by Terry Tempest Williams. American Book Review Vol. 22 No. 3, Mar/Apr 2001, 28 (tabloid format).

Review of Hunting for Hope: A Father’s Journeys by Scott Russell Sanders. Ohioana Quarterly Vol. XLIII No. 4, Winter 2001, 357–358.

Review of Days and Nights of Love and War by Eduardo Galeano. Quarter After Eight Vol. 7, 2001, 330–333.

“Midwestern Meditations”: review of The Flatness and Other Landscapes by Michael Martone. The Chattahoochee Review Vol. XXI No. 1, Fall 2000.

Review of One Degree West by Julene Bair. Creative Nonfiction No. 15, Fall 2000, 135–136.

Review of On the Rez by Ian Frazier. Fourth Genre Vol. 2 No. 2, Fall 2000, 249–251.

“Love Is All”: review of Credo by Brian Doyle. Nimble Spirit Review Fall 2000.

Review of Credo by Brian Doyle. Quarter After Eight Vol. 6, 2000, 300–303.

Review of Catfish and Mandala by Andrew X. Pham. Quarter After Eight Vol. 6, 2000, 296–299.

Review of The Masked Rider by Neil Peart. The Journal of African Travel-Writing No. 6, Fall 1999.

Honors and Awards

Grants, Fellowships, Scholarships

John Cady Graduate Fellowship: for the academic year 2003-2004

J. William Fulbright Fellowship: to support research and creative writing in Uruguay from September 2002-September 2003

Ohio University Student Enhancement Award: for the academic year 2002-2003

BYU English Department Summer Teaching Fellowship: Summer 2002

Earl C. and Margaret Shively Scholarship: for the academic year 2001-2002

John Houk Memorial Research Grant:

Teaching Awards

Ohio U. College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award: 2002

Ohio U. English Department Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award: 2001

Writing Awards

Pushcart Prize nomination: “Galpones, Gallinas, Garrafas.” 2002

BYU Studies Poetry Contest: “The Moon from Paysandú.” (honorable mention) 1999

Utah Arts Council Book-length Auto/Biography Writing Competition: East of the River of Snails. (honorable mention) 1999

BYU English Department Writer’s Portfolio Contest: (first place) 1999

Elsie C. Carroll Informal Essay Contest: “Down on Batlle’s Farm.” (third place) 1999

BYU Studies Personal Essay Contest: “Luis Silva.” (first place) 1998

George H. Brimhall / Founders Day Essay Contest: “How President Sana Split Maroñas.” (first place) 1998

Inscape Literary Criticism Contest: “The Family: A Proclamation to Woodstock ’94.” (second place) 1998

Other Honors

Ohio University Graduate Student Leadership Awards: Finalist 2000

Phi Beta Kappa: Member since 1993

Presentations and Readings

“The Path of Redemption.” (personal essay) Invited reading at Fulbright Commission, Montevideo, Uruguay. 27 March 2003.

“Toward a Style Guide for Online Class Publications.” Associated Writing Programs: Creative Writing/Creative Teaching: Pedagogy Forum. 9 March 2002.

“¿Quién escribió Cien años de soledad?” (“Who wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude?”) Louisville Twentieth-century Literature Conference. (University of Louisville) 22 February 2002.

“Publishing Principles.” Colloquium on the English Profession. (English 777, Ohio University)
19 October 2001.

“La visión cambiante-estático del Otro en la literatura hispanoamericana desde la Conquista hasta el siglo veinte.” (“The fluid-static vision of the Other in Hispanoamerican literature from the Conquest until the twentieth century.”) Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. (University of Kentucky) 21 April 2001.

“The Four Rs of Composition: Reading, ’Riting, and Rock and Roll.” Central New York Conference on Language and Literature. (SUNY Cortland) 29 October 2000.

“Laughter.” (personal essay) Dogwood Bloom Creative Reading Series. (Ohio University)
27 October 2000.

“Just Another Day.” (graduation speech) BYU Commencement Exercises. 14 August 1999.

“Perseverance and a Firm Mind: Lewis and Pascal on Conversion.” Literature and Belief Colloquium V. (BYU) 25 March 1999.

“The Week of the Beer.” (personal essay) BYU English Department Creative Reading Series.
19 March 1999.

“Down on Batlle’s Farm.” (personal essay) BYU English Graduate Student Association Conference.
27 February 1999.

“The Family: A Proclamation to Woodstock ’94.” (analytical paper) BYU English Graduate Student Association Conference. 3 April 1998.

Teaching Interests

Please see < losmadden.com/teaching/ > for my online teaching portfolio, which includes my teaching philosophy, activities I use, student evaluations, and more.

One of my teaching interests is computer pedagogy. I have taught in a computer classroom, have used online discussion boards, and I’ve had students produce a class Web site for their final project (see < siteofembraces.com > and < sightofgrace.com >). I am also interested in teaching using international literature, having taught with writing and photography from South America. I feel this work carries an urgency and a potency derived from the tense political situations south of our borders. In any case, I feel it’s important for students to hear from cultures other than their own. Because of my Ph.D.’s dual focus, I am willing and able to teach classes in literature as well as in creative writing.

Teaching Experience

Ohio University

As a Graduate Assistant from September 1999–June 2002, I was responsible for all text selection, course planning, teaching, and grading of the following classes:

Brigham Young University

As a Graduate Assistant from August 1997–August 1999, I was responsible for all text selection, course planning, teaching, and grading of five sections of English 115.

As a Summer Teaching Fellow from June–August 2002, I was responsible for all text selection, course planning, teaching, and grading of the following classes:

University of Notre Dame

As a Tutor for the Athletic Department from August 1991–May 1993, I tutored athletes (including Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis) in calculus, philosophy, anthropology, chemistry, and physics.

Literary Magazine Experience


As a Graduate Advisor from August 2000–June 2002, I worked with undergraduate students on production of Sphere literary and art magazine. Supervisor: Joan Connor (740) 593-2754.

Quarter After Eight

As a Reader and Book Review Editor from August 1999–June 2002, I read submissions and made decisions on what book reviews the magazine included. Supervisors: Thom Conroy, Christina Veladota, Tony Viola.

Editing and Research Experience

Brigham Young University

As an Editor in Summer 1999, I edited books, articles, and course Web sites under direction of Faculty Editing Service. Supervisor: Don Norton (801) 422-7452.

As a Research Assistant in Spring 1999, I collected, scanned, proofed, edited folklore articles for inclusion in book collection. Supervisor: Eric Eliason (801) 422-9079.

As a Research Assistant in Spring 1998, I did Internet and library research, copy editing, interviewing and writing biographical blurbs for First-year reader. Supervisor: Danette Paul (801) 422-8756.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah

As an Assistant Editor from January–April 1999, I performed full editing duties on a variety of projects as an intern. Supervisor: Andrew Olsen (801) 240-4579.

Computer and Web Experience

Maddenness Web Design and Editing

As a Freeland Web Designer from July 2001 to present, I have set up a small freelance business and have designed Web sites for a number of clients. See, for examples, www.ohiou.edu/admsen, /upd, and /vpadmin.

Aljex Software, Inc.

As a Web Designer in Summer 2002, I designed several Web sites for large trucking and brokerage companies. Supervisor: Tom Heine (908) 598-2800.

Ohio University

As a Computer Classroom Consultant from August 2000 to present, I helped redesign the English Department web site, I trained teachers, and I coordinated English classes in computer classrooms. Supervisor: Albert Rouzie (740) 593-2784.

University of Notre Dame

As an Assistant Systems Programmer from September 1991–May 1993, I set up Internet and e-mail programs, did Unix programming. Supervisor: Rich Sudlow (574) 631-7258

Service and Activities

Ohio University English Department Graduate Committee: Member, 2001-2002

John Houk Memorial Research Grant Committee: Member, Winter-Spring 2001

Ohio U. Men’s Volleyball Team: Member, 1999-2002

BYU Society for Technical Communication: Secretary, 1998-1999

Uruguay Montevideo Mission, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Missionary, Oct. ’93-Oct. ’95

U. of Notre Dame Men’s Volleyball Team: Member, 1990-1993; Captain ’92-’93

Computer Skills

I am proficient with a variety of computer programs and platforms including Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop and ImageReady, Quark, Acrobat, MS Office, Corel Suite, HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, FTP, PC and Mac, technical writing, editing, computer classroom teaching.

Foreign Language

I speak, read, and write Spanish with near-native fluency.


Dr. David Lazar
329 Ellis Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, (740) 597-2743, lazar@ohio.edu

Dr. John Bennion
3170 JKHB, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, (801) 378-3419, John_Bennion@byu.edu

Dr. Mara Holt
319 Ellis Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, (740) 593-2797, holt@ohio.edu

Dr. Albert Rouzie
349 Ellis Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, (740) 593-2784, rouzie@ohio.edu

Dr. Robert DeMott
331 Ellis Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, (740) 593-2792, demott@ohio.edu

A full dossier including recommendations, writing sample, transcript, and teaching evaluations is available from Barb Grueser: English Department, 360 Ellis Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701; tel (740) 593-2838 fax (740) 593-2818; grueserb@ohio.edu.