Patrick Coleman is a poet, writer, and Assistant Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC San Diego. His work has appeared in the pages of Juked, Hobart, The Writer’s Chronicle, and more. Fire Season, Patrick’s debut poetry collection, won the Berkshire Prize in 2015. His latest work, The Churchgoer, is a debut novel written in haunting noir fashion, chasing a missing person’s case through the toxic and contradictory underbelly of southern California. In his former life, Mark Haines was a youth pastor with a wife and daughter. The once religious man left his family, career, and religious life behind to lead a lax existence split between the beach and his security job. After he meets Cindy, a twenty-two-year old drifter, he can’t help but follow a thread leading him face-to-face with the past that he thought he left far behind him. “Had Ray Chandler written about 21st century San Diego and become interested in theology, he might have written a novel like The Churchgoer: witty, grim, and sunlit by casual wisdom.” (Rachel Lyon, author of Self Portrait with Boy)
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