After working his way through SFSU-English Literature (almost ‘minors’ in math, engineering, and economics), John Patterson worked a decade in: freight, as a longshoreman; with a jack hammer; and as a welder. After finishing Law School in 2 ½ years (Law Review, Best Paper Corp. Tax, California Supreme Court internship), he was a C.E.B. Editorial Assistant and practiced law in his Sacramento office for twenty years. He transitioned to being a high school teacher and then a high school administrator of a federal grant. He’s hosted CWC-Sac’s Open Readings since 2020. He also enjoys story-telling. He was Secretary of CWC-Sac for two years until Feb. 2022. He’s served on a few non-profit boards. Currently, he is writing a memoir.