Welcome to The Womb Upstairs




My name is Joshua M. Patton and I am a freelance writer living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am a father of a wonderful teenage daughter who loves animals, art, and make-believe. I am a veteran of the US Army, having served in foreign deployments in Bosnia and Iraq. I have been writing professionally for more than 20 years. The majority of my experience is in creative nonfiction, news reporting, and political analysis. I also write short- to feature-length articles and essays on cultural, entertainment, and technology, specifically machine learning and AI. I've edited both fiction and non-fiction books, and have formatted electronic books for publication. I am also skilled in marketing message strategy and copywriting. You can find samples of my work on this site and links to content hosted elsewhere below. 

In 2017, I published my first book which was a collection of my best work when I went to college on the Post-9/11 GI Bill. I had already written professionally for years, but this was my first chance to attend college as a student of literature and the craft. In the book are nonfiction essays, short fiction, and poems. It's available as a paperback from Amazon and as an ebook everywhere ebooks are sold. 

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