Patrick Hayes is a freelance writer and wannabe comedian based in Flint, Michigan. He is a former reporter and editor for MLive.com and the Flint Journal and his work has also been published by ESPN.com, the Detroit Free Press, SB Nation, Huffington Post, The Classical, Issue Media, SLAM Magazine, and others.
Although he had no clue what he was doing other than just experimenting with whether anyone would actually pay money to read his thoughts, he managed to self-publish two books:
- Piston Devotion (2011), a collection of essays chronicling the ups, downs, and formative experiences of following the Detroit Pistons.
- The HIGHerarchy (2011), a ranking of the top 30 NBA-talent producing high school basketball programs in the country (as of 2011).
He also contributed an essay entitled, “City Beat: Covering Hoops In Basketball City USA,” to Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology, published in 2016 by Belt Publishing.
Hayes works for a Flint-based nonprofit organization, has a half dozen unfinished novels and TV pilot scripts started, and is regularly reminded by his two children that he is way too average to ever be a zaddy. He is available for freelance writing and editing work.