Patricia Ward was was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, moving to the United States at the age of eighteen. Her father was American, and her mother is Lebanese, of Armenian/Danish heritage. She grew up surrounded by the Armenian side of her family, and eventually adopted her mother's maiden name Sarrafian on her publications, so as to honor and preserve it.
Her first novel, The Bullet Collection, about two sisters growing up in wartime Beirut, was published by Graywolf Press in 2003. Her second novel, Skinner Luce, is an urban fantasy forthcoming from Talos Press in January 2016. She also has published numerous short stories, poems, and essays in journals and anthologies. Ward holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan, where she received several awards, including Hopwood Awards in Novel and Short Fiction.
Ward took a hiatus from writing for about five years in order to pursue her passion for book arts. She had studio space at ArtSpace Maynard during this time, creating miniature books and dioramas as well as other 3D works. She enjoyed the counterpoint and balance this tactile, visual medium gave her, and plans to return to book arts in the future.
She lives in the lovely town of Maynard, MA with her husband and son.
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In this short film made some years ago for her high school's career day (St. Stephen's School, Rome, Italy), Ward discusses her experiences as an artist and writer and gives some advice to teenagers who wish to pursue this path in life.