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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mark Slouka  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1958 in Queens, New York


Illinois Connection

Slouka worked at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mark Slouka is the child of Czech immigrants. He is the internationally recognized author of six books. Both his fiction and nonfiction have been translated into sixteen languages. His stories have twice been selected for inclusion in Best American Short Stories, and his essays have appeared three times for Best American Essays. A contributing editor to ''Harpers Magazine'' since 2001, his work also appears in ''Ploughshares'', ''Orion Magazine'', ''Bomb'', ''The Paris Review'', ''Agni'', and ''Granta''. A Guggenheim and NEA fellowship recipient, he has taught literature and writing at Harvard, Columbia, and University of Chicago. He is currently living in Brewster, NY.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle for ''Godís Fool'' New York Times Notable Book in 1998 for the short story collection ''Lost Lake'' and the nonfiction work War of the Worlds National Magazine Award for fiction for his short story, ''The Woodcarvers Tale'' PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories for ''Crossing'' and ''The Hare's Mask'' British Book Award finalist for his novel ''The Visible World'' in 2008 PEN/Diamonstein-Speilvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for his 2011 collection of essays, ''Essays from the Nick of Time''