About

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Mark Hummel has been publishing fiction, essays, and poetry in literary magazines and anthologies since 1991. He is the author of the novel In the Chameleon’s Shadow and the short story collection Lost and Found. His work has appeared, among many other places, in the pages of The Arlington Literary Journal, The Bloomsbury Review, Dogwood, Fugue, Per Contra, Talking River Review, Weber: the Contemporary West, and Zone 3. Writing as Mark Leichliter, he is the author of the crime novel The Other Side, forthcoming in June 2021 from Level Best Books.

Mark has taught fiction and essay writing at colleges and universities for much of his career, where he also administrated writing programs, directed a writers’ conference, and ran a visiting writer’s series. He is the founding and managing editor of the nonfiction literary magazine bioStories. Hummel taught in an International Baccalaureate curriculum at Journeys School of the Teton Science Schools. He continues to serve on the resident faculty of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference and offers writing coaching and editing through his firm theWORDwright. He is an experienced ghostwriter, guiding several books a year to publication, helping CEOs, coaches, and thought leaders bring their ideas to print.

“Mark Leichliter is an accomplished novelist who portrays the breadth of human experience with intelligence and grace. His deeply affecting prose immerses readers in the lives of the lovelorn, the seeking, and the lost. His remarkable fictional worlds, diffuse with mystery, address the larger questions of life with beauty and sensitivity.”

— Marcelle Heath, author of Is That All There Is? (forthcoming from Awst Press 2022)

Mark grew up in Wyoming and much of his work is influenced by the wildness and beauty of the Mountain West. While completing a graduate degree in English, he studied with prize-winning authors John Edgar Wideman, Robert Roripaugh, and Donald Murray. He now writes from his home in the village of Bigfork, Montana, which is situated on the North shore of Flathead Lake. When not working, he and his wife can usually be found on the trails and lakes of Northwestern Montana, or travelling around the world.

Learn more about Mark’s work: Advice to Writers