Introducing: Patrick Larkin

Greetings, East Siders.

My name is Patrick. I’m lucky enough to be the new news editor at the East Side Review.

As is tradition, I would like to take a moment to introduce myself.

I landed at Lillie Suburban Newspapers after a few years of doing a little of this, a little of that.

Growing up in Shoreview, I graduated from Mounds View High School and from there went to the land of corn.

I studied journalism and French, and was on the staff of the college newspaper at the University of Iowa, in Iowa’s gem city, Iowa City. You can walk nearly everywhere you need to go in the idyllic, low-key town, and I’m not talking just about groceries and classes.

The town offers a ton of live music, some excellent restaurants, a world-renowned bookstore, to name a few. Despite what some Minnesotans might think about the Hawkeye state, I miss the place!

I graduated in 2009 and after a summer of farming and house painting, I moved back to the Twin Cities. I’ve worked at a college magazine, a group home, a music venue, a gas station, an art museum and St. Paul Parks and Recreation.

I am just shy of 26, and am still inclined to make the argument that I’m in “my early 20s.” In addition to being a journalist, I play a lot of music, write poetry, garden, and go bicycling. I am also an avid doodler and a mildly successful French speaker.

What I’ve found so far is that the East Side is full of interesting people and goings-on. As I continue, I only find more and more of this.

If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt a part of that, and I hopefully will see you around the neighborhood.

So, bear with me as I get my bearings here, and don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to hear from you.

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