Mark MacAllister


Pittsboro, NC 27312

Author's Bio

Mark MacAllister grew up in northern Illinois, spent a great deal of formative time on his grandparents' dairy farm in southwest Wisconsin's Driftless region, and learned to write at Oberlin College. Mark now lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina but travels often to the Wisconsin Northwoods and to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to hike and bike.


His professional career has focused on the conservation of wildlands and wildlife; he is also an active member of his community’s emergency response team, of a red wolf conservation organization and of a Wisconsin-based writers’ cooperative.

Publications & Prizes

Quiet Men and Their Coyotes (Concrete Wolf, 2022)
Abandoned Mine
Deep Wild Journal
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Quiet Diamonds
Prizes won: 
  • Winner of the Heart Poetry Award (Nostalgia Press, 2022)

  • Winner of the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Prize (Concrete Wolf Press, 2022)

  • Winner of the Carolina Prize for Writing (Franklin County [NC] Arts Council, 2021 and 2022)

  • Finalist, Variant Literature Chapbook Contest (Variant Literature, 2020)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Gary Snyder, W.S. Merwin, Jack Kerouac, Wendell Berry, Cormac McCarthy, Edward Abbey, Jim Harrison, John Steinbeck

More Information

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Born in: 
Rockford, IL
Raised in: 
Rockford, IL
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Last update: Jan 10, 2023