A Brief Bio

Patrick McDonagh is a Montreal-based writer and teacher. A native of Vancouver, Canada, he received his MA in English from the University of British Columbia in 1986 and in 1998 completed his PhD in Humanities at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where he is a part-time faculty member in the English Department.

In 1987, Patrick co-founded the Spectrum Society for Community Living, a Vancouver-based non-profit agency providing support services for people with developmental disabilities, autism and acquired brain injuries; he remains on Spectrum's Board of Directors.

Patrick's article "Autism and Modernism: A Genealogical Exploration" appeared in Autism and Representation, edited by Mark Osteen and published by Routledge in 2008. Idiocy: A Cultural History was published in 2008 by Liverpool University Press and is distributed in North America by the University of Chicago Press.

As a freelance writer, Patrick's work has appeared in publications as diverse as The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, McGill News, Athletics Magazine, and Chatelaine. He has also worked as a writer, editor, and communication consultant for organizations such as McGill University, Concordia University, the James Bay Cree Health Board, the International Institute for Communication and Development, Miriam Home and Services, Softimage, CN, and the National Theatre School of Canada. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, and had also been President and Vice-President of Trial and Eros Productions from 2000-2009; he is poetry editor for the on-line magazine Carte Blanche.

Patrick is currently researching a history of ideas of intelligence, among other projects.

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