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

Patrick Merla 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, theatre and book reviews have appeared in Saturday Review, New York Newsday, Out, Christopher Street, New York Native, Interview, Theatre Week, and House Beautiful.

Reviewing his book Boys Like Us, the Washington Post 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."