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Mark Saba

Author's Bio

I have been writing for 30 years. I approach every instance of writing, whether it be a poem, a story, a novel, or an essay, as if I'd never written a word. I let the vision find the right format, as I try to free myself from the influences of my beloved teachers and literary forebears. Never an easy thing to do, it is the only way to realize originality in my work. I think it is the duty of any living writer to write from the heart, thereby acting as a medium for the zeitgeist, a witness who produces what can only be produced by his or her individual circumstances in his or her time, free of self-consciousness and its attending egotism.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Painting a Disappearing Canvas (Grayson Books, 2012), The Landscapes of Pater (Vineyard Press, 2004)
Anthologies:
Roll (Telling Our Stories Press, 2012), Poetic Voices Without Borders 2 (Gival Press, 2009), Thaddeus Olsen (a novella) in Desperate Remedies (Apis Books, 2008), Poetic Voices Without Borders (Gival Press, 2005), Nantucket (White Fish Press, 2001), Essential Love (PoetWorks Press, 2000), Elvis in Oz (University of Virginia Press, 1992)
Journals:
Byline, Caduceus, Confrontation, Connecticut Review, Connecticut River Review, Feile-Festa, Fiction, FutureCycle Poetry, Kentucky Poetry Review, Larcom Review, Louisiana Literature, MacGuffin, Mars Hill Review, Midnight Mind, New Haven Review, Palo Alto Review, Paper Street, Permafrost, Phantasmagoria, Steam Ticket, The Ledge, Under the Sun, VIA, Xanadu
Prizes:
Academy of American Poets Prize (Hollins College, 1983) Andrew James Purdy Fiction Award (Hollins College, 1983) Mellen Poetry Press Epic Narractive Poem Award (1996)

Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors:
Walt Whitman Gertrude Stein John Steinbeck Emily Dickinson Ralph Waldo Emerson Thomas Merton

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Listing last updated: October 22, 2012

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Italian American, Polish American
Fluent in:
Italian
Born in:
Pittsburgh, PA
Raised in:
Pittsburgh, PA

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