Mark Mayer

Assistant Professor, Co-Director of The Pinch Presents

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Mark Mayer


B.A., 2006,  Brown University
M.F.A., 2012 Iowa Writers' Workshop
Ph.D., 2019 University of Denver 


Academic Summary

Mark Mayer writes fiction and nonfiction. His short story collection, AERIALISTS (Bloomsbury 2019), won the Michener-Copernicus Prize and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. He has been published in American Short Fiction, The Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Iowa Review, The Colorado Review, Best American Mystery Stories, and The New York Times. His academic scholarship has appeared in Twentieth-Century Literature and LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory. Mark has taught creative writing as the R.P. Dana Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Cornell College and as a Faculty Fellow in Creative Writing at Colby College. He teaches in the MFA program.


Aerialists: Stories. Bloomsbury USA. February 2019. 

Select Publications 

"Till," Mooncalves
"Behind," Mooncalves
"Outside," Mooncalves
"Inside," The Arkansas International 
"Twin," The Kenyon Review
"Clown," American Short Fiction
"Aerialists," Guernica
"Keeping This Fluffy, Fragile Beast Alive," The New York Times



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