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J.R. Patterson was born in Manitoba in 1989 and raised on a beef and grain farm on the Canadian prairies. His experiences as a farm labourer, factory worker, and musician inform much of his writing. 

His work has been longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize, shortlisted for the Geist Postcard Contest, and received Honorable Mention in the 2019 Bradt Emerging Travel Writers Competition. In 2020, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

When not writing, he enjoys flying single-engine planes, paddling his folding kayak, and drinking wine.

Together with his partner Francisca, he divides his time between Canada, Scotland, and Portugal.   

Appearances

Canada

The Globe and Mail

The Toronto Star

Literary Review of Canada

Maisonneuve Magazine

En Route

Canadian Notes and Queries

Blank Spaces Literary Journal

Motorcycle Mojo

Great Canadian Longform

United Kingdom

National Geographic Traveller

The Independent

New Humanist

Oxonian Review

EATEN Magazine

Rucksack

Overland

Shooting Times & Country

Litro Magazine

The Erotic Review

The Real Story

Europe

TREVL

EuroNews

Fields & Stations

United States

World Literature Today

Los Angeles Review of Books

Conde Nast Traveler

Hidden Compass

The Alpinist

Travel Writing World

Longreads

Drift Magazine

Expedition Portal

Wanderlust Journal 

Fresh.ink

Cagibi Literary

BootsnAll 

Africa

Olongo Africa