Patrick Merla is a New York City author and freelance editor and prominent figure in publishing.

He has edited three of the most well-known gay publications in the United States: Christopher Street, the New York Native, and the James White Review. His literary essays, interviews, and film, theater and book reviews have appeared in Saturday Review, New York Newsday, Out, Christopher Street, the New York Native, Interview, Theater Week, and House Beautiful.

Reviewing his book Boys Like Us, Library Journal said, "Aside from the sheer literary quality, this book is an important step in providing role models to ease the pain of young gay people as they approach their own self-identity. Highly recommended."