Patricia Grace King grew up in the southern United States. She has since lived in Spain and in Guatemala, where she worked as an accompanier of refugees during the civil war and later as a language school director.
Her novella, Day of All Saints, won the Miami University Novella Prize, while her short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Narrative, The Gettysburg Review, and The Florida Review. She holds a PhD in Literature from Emory University and has served as the Carol Houck Smith Fellow at the University of Wisconsin and as a Fiction Fellow at Vermont Studio Center. After working as an activist and academic most of her life, she moved to Durham in 2015 and began writing full-time. She is currently completing a novel as well as a story collection.