Mark Spencer is the author of A Haunted Love Story (nonfiction novel, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2012), The Masked Demon (novel, Main Street Rag, 2012), Images of America: Monticello (local history, Arcadia Publishing, 2011), The Weary Motel (a novel, winner of the Omaha Prize for the Novel, published by The Backwaters Press), Only Missing (a novella, winner of the Faulkner Society’s Faulkner Award for Fiction), Love and Reruns in Adams County (novel, Fawcett-Columbine/Random House), Wedlock, (two novellas and three short stories, Watermark Press), Spying on Lovers (short stories, winner of the Patrick T.T. Bradshaw Book Award sponsored by Amelia Press) and Trespassers (Main Street Rag, 2014), a short story collection.
His short stories and articles have appeared in a wide variety of literary magazines, including The Laurel Review, Short Story, The Chariton Review, South Dakota Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Kansas Quarterly, Texas Review, The New Review, Z Miscellaneous, The Maryland Review, Natural Bridge, New Mexico Humanities Review, The MacGuffin, and elsewhere. Recent publications include a novella serialized in the online journal Admit Two and short stories in Amarillo Bay, Storyglossia, Tattoo Highway, Steel City Review, Blood Lotus, The Istanbul Literature Review, and Bewildering Stories.
He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize eight times and has received four Special Mentions in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. He also won the 2003 St. Andrews Press Short Fiction Prize. Trespassers, Mark’s most recent book, was a finalist in four national book competitions: the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award, the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, the A.E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize, and the Quarterly West Novella Competition.
After earning his B.A. in English Literature at the University of Cincinnati, Mark earned his M.F.A. in creative writing at Bowling Green State University and did Ph.D. work at Oklahoma State University.
Mark is a professor of English and Creative Writing in the MFA program and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Several times, Mark has been named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.