Patrick O'Leary was born in Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from Wayne State University. His poetry has appeared in literary magazines across North America. His first Novel, Door Number Three (Tor) was chosen by Publisher's Weekly as one of the best novels of the year. His second novel, The Gift (Tor) was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and The Mythopoeic Award. His collection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry is Other Voices, Other Doors (Fairwood Press). His third novel was The Impossible Bird (Tor, Jan 2002). His latest collection of fiction is The Black Heart (PS publishing, 2009). His short stories have appeared in Mars Probes and Infinity Plus One,, I Think Therefore I am, The Infinite Matrix and The New York Review of Science Fiction, and is forthcoming in The Best Of Talebones. His poetry was chosen for the 17th Annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. His novels have been translated into German, Russian, Japanese, Polish, French, and Braille. He recently retired from advertising where his work recently won a Cannes Bronze Lion.

He lives in the Detroit area with his wife, The Artist, Sandy Rice and her two cats. His blog of poetry is located at His homepage is and his films can be found at