Patrick Walsh was born in 1967 on St. Patrick's Day in New York City and grew up in
Woodside and Valley Stream, New York.
Upon graduating from
St. Bonaventure University in 1989, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and served four years on active duty as an infantry
officer in the 5th Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. While there, he led a rifle platoon,
served as battalion adjutant, and returned to his rifle company as executive officer. In the course of his training, Lieutenant
Walsh graduated on the Commandant's List from the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Ft. Benning, Georgia; earned the Basic
Parachutist's Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Expert Infantryman's Badge; and received an Honorable Discharge as a captain.
Patrick Walsh's poems have appeared in Barrow Street, The
Christian Science Monitor, Chronogram, Cimarron
Review, Evergreen Review, The Hudson Review, The Kelsey Review, scene4 magazine, and War,
Literature & the Arts, as well as in journals in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand, including The Malahat Review, the
first issue of THE SHOp, Poetry New Zealand, and The Quadrant Book of Poetry, 2001-2010.
Patrick Walsh received a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude,
in history from St. Bonaventure University and a Master of Philosophy degree in Anglo-Irish literature from the University
of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland.
A lifelong runner, Patrick
has completed twenty-three marathons, including Dublin, Honolulu, New York, and seventeen consecutive Boston Marathons since
2002. He ranks his 290th place finish (out of 18,000) at Boston in 2004 as his best effort to date, although surviving
the conditions of the 2018 Boston Marathon and re-qualifying for next year's race was an accomplishment in its
own unique category.
Since 1993, Patrick has lived and worked
in Princeton, New Jersey with a hiatus from 1996-1997 in Ireland, where he studied at Trinity College.