A sixth-generation Californian, K. Patrick Conner grew up in the Central Valley. He attended Chico State University, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in English in 1976 and his Master’s degree in English in 1977. In 1978, he was awarded a special commendation from the San Francisco Foundation’s James Phelan Award, which recognizes promising young writers from Northern California.
After working for the Chico News & Review and the Whole Earth Review, Conner was hired by the San Francisco Chronicle in 1987. He worked at the newspaper for more than twenty years, including five years as City Editor. In 1999, a series of stories he assigned and edited about health risks associated with the common syringe was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. He was Assistant Managing Editor for News when he left the paper in 2009.
He is the author of three books: the novels “Blood Moon,” published by Doubleday in 1987, and “Kingdom Road, published by Donald Fine, Inc. in 1991 and subsequently brought out as a paperback titled "Blind Obsession" by Signet in 1992, and “Horace Bristol: An American View,” a biography of one of the first photographers to work for LIFE magazine, published by Chronicle Books in 1996. His novel "Dying Words" is scheduled to be published in September 2012.
He currently lives on San Francisco’s Russian Hill with his partner, Christine Cuccia, and their cats.
"Dying Words," a novel
NaCl Press, San Francisco
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