Name: Patrick O’Dowd
Position: Acquisitions Editor
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Alma Mater: University of Kentucky
Tell us a little bit about your position at the press.
I am one of UPK’s three acquiring editors. Most of my acquiring efforts are focused on regional titles, fiction, and poetry.
What’s one of your favorite UPK titles and why?
The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson. It is a beautiful story by an amazing writer/human.
If someone was visiting Kentucky for the first time and you were their tour guide, where would you take them? Any specific restaurants, landmarks, etc.?
What’s your favorite word?
According to my fiancée: gorgeous.
Do you have a favorite font? If so, what is it?
I have many strong opinions but not on fonts.
Did you always know you wanted to work in publishing? When you were a kid, did you want to do something different as an adult?
Farmer, chef, race car driver. There was a certain process of elimination, but publishing is where I belong.
What’s something most people don’t know about you? What’s a random factoid about yourself?
I’m the biggest Formula 1 fan in Kentucky.
If you could bring any fictional character to life, who would you choose?
What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?
American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee. Yes! It’s a well told story.
If you could have dinner with any three people—dead or alive, famous or not—who would it be?
Anthony Bourdain, Barack Obama, and Michelle Obama