Patricia McCormick Biography
Patricia McCormick is a journalist and writer. She graduated from Rosemont
College in 1978, followed by an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of
Journalism in 1986 and an M.F.A. from New School University in 1999. Her
first novel for teens was Cut, about a young woman's troubles with self-injury. This was followed by My Brother's Keeper in 2005,
about a boy struggling with his brother's addiction, Sold in 2006, and Purple Heart in 2009.
Her awards include the
American Library Association Best Book of the Year,
New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenaged and the
Children's Literature Council's Choice.
She has written for The New York Times, Parents Magazine, The New York Times
Book Review, Ladies Home Journal, Town & Country, More, Reader's Digest, Mademoiselle and other publications
and has been an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University Graduate
School of Journalism and an instructor of creative writing at the New School
University. She lives in New York with two children, a husband and
This biography was last updated on 08/15/2011.
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