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Mark Costello

Born: in Decatur, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Costello was born in Decatur and attended St. Theresa's High School. He graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and went on to teach creative writing and become professor emeritus of English there.

Biography: Mark Costello taught at the University of Illinois-Urbana as a creative writing instructor from 1972 - 2002, and served as a visiting writer at many universities and college. He has held the Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and is a recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and of five grants from the Illinois Arts Council. He has served as a visiting writer at many colleges and universities, including Dartmouth College, the University of Chicago, the University of Iowa and Northwestern University.Costello's work has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies, including ''The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction'', ''The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction'', and ''Best American Short Stories''.

  • St. Lawrence Award for Fiction for ''The Murphy Stories''.

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Mark Costello on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Middle Murphy /
ISBN: 0252063198 OCLC: 37326094

University of Illinois Press, Urbana : 1994, ©1991.

The Murphy stories.
ISBN: 0252003039 OCLC: 589171

University of Illinois Press Urbana, [1973]