Mark Scheel

Poet, Fiction Writer

5738 Maple Drive
Mission, KS 66202-2723

Author's Bio

Mark Scheel was born and raised on a farm in rural, east-central Kansas. After graduating from the University of Kansas in 1967, and spending a period "on the road" (as a laborer, construction worker, topographic survey assistant, laundryman, hotel management assistant–and later as a disaster relief worker and retail clerk), he served overseas with the American National Red Cross in Vietnam, Thailand, Germany and England. Thereafter, he took graduate studies and taught English at Emporia State University. More recently he was an information specialist with the Johnson County Library in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He now writes full time and has served as a volunteer on the editorial staff of Kansas City Voices magazine. His stories, articles and poems have appeared in numerous magazines such as Kansas Quarterly, The Midwest Quarterly, Cincinnati Poetry Review and The Kansas City Star, and he is the author of the monograph Death and Dying: Hemingway's Predominant Theme from The Emporia State Research Studies and coauthor of the book Of Youth and the River: The Mississippi Adventure of Raymond Kurtz, Sr.  His next book, A Backward View: Stories and Poems, won the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award from the Kansas Authors Club in 1998, and subsequent to that the 2015 book The Pebble: Life, Love, Politics and Geezer Wisdom collected 60 of his blog posts in hard copy and is available on Amazon.  (He was a former blogger on The Grant Journal and Scriggler; his new blog can be viewed on, .)  His newest book, And Eve Said Yes: Seven Stories and a Novella, was released from Waldorf Publishing in Oct. 2019. He is presently a member of the Kansas Authors Club, National Writers Union and The Writers Place as well as a charter member and officer in 5th Street Irregulars writers group and a former member of the Board of Directors of Whispering Prairie Press, 2005-2006 as well as Library Liaison and member Board of Directors of Potpourri Publications Co., 1991-1995. His bio appears in the Directory of American Poets & Fiction Writers; International Authors and Writers Who’s Who; Two Thousand Notable American Men; Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets. He has conducted numerous readings, media appearances and book signings, 1988-present, including delivering a paper at the 2007 Peaceful Coexistence Conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Other awards include the Nostalgia Poetry Award from Nostalgia Magazine and winner of a Humor and Life, in Particular 2005 Writing Contest as well as anthologized finalist in the Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition in 2019 and inclusion in the newly released Universal Oneness Poetry Anthology as well as the If It Hadn't Happened to Me anthology.  Selections from his writings appear on , , , , , and as well as other Internet sites. LinkedIn Web page: .  Facebook Web page: .  Literary Agent: Stephanie Hansen at Metamorphosis Literary Agency.  A photo-illustrated poetry collection titled Star Chaser launched 29 July 2020 from Anamcara Press.


Literary agent: 
Stephanie Hansen of Metamorphosis Literary Agency

Publications & Prizes


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A Backward View (5th Street Irregulars Press & Leathers Publishing, 1998)
Cincinnati Poetry Review
Kansas Quarterly
Midwest Quarterly
Prizes won: 

J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award;

The Nostalgia Poetry Award;

Humor and Life, In Particular Story Contest.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
J. D. Salinger, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck
What I'm reading now: 
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner, The Hero Versus Me & Monkey Jo by Perry Shepard, Unmasked: Big Media's War against Trump by L. Brent Bozell III, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Ball of Collusion by Andrew C. McCarthy

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Emporia, KS
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Emporia, KS
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Last update: Aug 03, 2020