Mark Nickels

Fiction Writer, Poet

1 Juggler Meadow Road
Leverett, MA 01054

Author's Bio

Mark Nickels is a poet and writer of fiction, formerly of New York City but now living in western Massachusetts. Of "Cicada," his book of poems published in 2000 by Rattapallax Press, Jim Harrison wrote, "In most ways Cicada is an astounding book, nearly a new species of poetry. Often the poems poach gracefully in the territory of the novel. I was poignantly taken by the astute fluidity of the language, the facility of looking at ordinary things in a radical new way. This book should be widely read because it announces the arrival of a poet who has a good shot at being major." Two poems from this first book were recently chosen for publication in the online anthology of the Poetry Foundation.

Nickels is looking for a publisher for a new manuscript entitled "Core Samples."

Publications & Prizes


Big City Lit
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The Same


CICADA (Rattapallax Press, 2000)
Barrow Street
Medicinal Purposes
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The Southern California Review
Prizes won: 

The Milton Dorfman Prize; The Ann Stafford Prize, U of SoCal; Literal Latte Poetry Prize; Finalist, Lyric Recovery Festival, Carnegie Hall; Fellow in Fiction, New York State Arts Foundation.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd

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Born in: 
Grand Rapids
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Grand Rapids, MI
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Last update: Jan 09, 2012