Patrick Symmes


Contributing Editor,  Harper’s Magazine, Outside and others

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Patrick Symmes is an author and journalist whose work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Outside, The New York Times, GQ, Wired, and The Washington Post. Previously, he was a staff writer for the Washington City Paper and the Hartford Courant. Often focusing his work on Latin America, and Cuba in particular, Symmes has published three books, “Chasing Che: A Motorcycle Journey in Search of the Guevara Legend,” an autobiographical account of his motorcycle trip across South America, “The Boys from Dolores” and “The Day Fidel Died,” detailing the past and recent history of Cuba, respectively. He has been selected 13 times for “The Best American Series” anthologies. Symmes holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University.