Patrick Cottrell

Patrick Cottrell

Assistant Professor

What I do

I write fiction and nonfiction. I teach courses on nonhumans in literature, queer/trans literature, and seminars that combine theory and practice.

Professional Biography

Patrick Cottrell is the author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (McSweeney's). His work has appeared in numerous places including Granta, Buzzfeed, Vice, Bomb, The White Review, and has been anthologized in Pets (Tyrant Books). He most recently guest-edited an issue of McSweeney's Quarterly dedicated to queer fiction. He's the winner of a Whiting Award in Fiction and his work is being translated into Korean, French, Italian, and Turkish.


  • MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2012
  • BA, Hamline University, 2004