Patrick Madden is Assistant Professor of English at Brigham Young University. He specializes in theory and practice of the personal essay and its sister genres (travel, aphorism, etc.) in literary nonfiction. His first book, Quotidiana, a collection of essays, was published in 2010 by the University of Nebraska Press. He has published individual essays in The Iowa Review, Fourth Genre, Hotel Amerika, Portland Magazine, and many other journals, and his work has been anthologized in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2007 and The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 2.