DASHAWN PATRICK
"Words are a lens to focus one's mind."
– Ayn Rand
FICTION/NON-FICTION AUTHOR
SPEAKING EVENTS
ABOUT DASHAWN PATRICK
I fell in love with storytelling while listening to my grandparent's colorful stories of growing up in the
pre-civil rights South.  After church on Sunday afternoons, we would lounge on their front-porch, watching
the hurried
pace of inner-city Seattle.  My grandmother splitting peas she'd picked from her vegetable
garden, while my grandfather relaxed in his tattered armchair, playing soulful sounds from his harmonica.  I
would plead
with them to tell stories from their childhood in the South. Their stories were passionate, funny,
and told
with such detail I imagined walking alongside them on dusty roads in small-town Louisiana and
Texas.  Their accents were as strong as roots of Willow trees, often ancillary in their tales. I was given a
front-row seat to an era rich in culture, grounded in resiliency and overflowing with love.  I want readers and
viewers of my
projects to experience the feelings I felt listening to my grandparent's stories.

I am a graduate of the University of Washington and founder of Youth In Care Launchpad-
www.yiclauchpad.org- an organization in Seattle metropolitan area providing kids with equipment needed to
participate in athletics and performing arts.  Youth In Care Launchpad also assists parents with resources to
connect children to local sports programs.

Baseball has always been a passion.  Many years ago, I enjoyed a brief career as a professional baseball player
in the Seattle Mariner organization and now enjoy coaching high school baseball and football.
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CONTACT DASHAWN
BOOK: AND SOME RISE ABOVE IT
BOOK: DOGPILES
BOOK: LIBERATION
SHORT FILM: CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX
ABOUT DASHAWN