Mark Leichliter has been publishing fiction, essays, and poetry in literary magazines and anthologies since 1991. He is the author of the novel The Other Side. 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 Hummel, he is the author of the novel In the Chameleon’s Shadow and the short story collection Lost and Found.
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 writers’ series. He is the founding and managing editor of the nonfiction literary magazine bioStories. After nearly two decades on the faculty of the University of Northern Colorado, Mark taught in an International Baccalaureate curriculum at Journeys School of Teton Science Schools and worked for the county library system. He continues to serve on the resident faculty of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference and offers editing and writing coaching through his firm theWORDwright.
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. The father of three grown daughters, he writes from his home in Montana’s Flathead Valley. When not working, he and his wife can usually be found on the trails and waterways of Northwestern Montana, typically in the company of their overly spoiled, highly neurotic, red-headed dog. Mark is an avid, if slow, trail runner, a frequent cyclist, an aspiring photographer, and an amateur woodworker.