Patrick Symmes  

HELLO.  I am a writer and journalist.

I cover insurgencies, global environmental problems, travel, and the geopolitical fault lines that underlie them all, for magazines like Harper’s, Outside, and Condé Nast Traveler.

I specialize in Latin America, particularly Cuba, but have worked from Patagonia to Phnom Penh, and Cape Town to Kazakhstan.

I am the author of The Boys from Dolores (2007), about what happened to Fidel Castro’s own schoolmates. It was named to the New York Times “Ten Best” list.

I also wrote Chasing Che, about riding my motorcycle across South America. The Independent of London very kindly called it “a classic of modern travel writing.”

Contact: the Wylie Agency (212) 246-0069.


In Band-i-Amir, Afghanistan

(c. Seamus Murphy)

recent • LIFE UNDER ALABAMA'S HARSH IMMIGRATION LAW, Newsweek: • WHO PINCHED MY RIDE? Bike thieves, caught and studied, in Outside:  • THE AMERICAN JIHADI, Daily Beast • ANWAR THE AMERICAN, our home-made terrrorist, in GQ: • SAND STORM, about the revolution in Yemen (Outside, June, ). Talking Yemen on CNN ( • 30 DAYS AS A CUBAN, or down and out in Havana on $15.08 (Harper's, Oct. 2010).• POP GOES PERU, in Condé Nast Traveler  (