Mark Brazaitis is the author of seven books of fiction, including The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize and the 2013 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose, and Julia & Rodrigo, winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award. His latest book, Truth Poker: Stories, won the 2014 Autumn House Press Fiction Competition. His fifth collection of stories, The Rink Girl, will be released on October 1, 2018.
His book of poems, The Other Language, won the 2008 ABZ Poetry Prize. His works of creative nonfiction and journalism have been published in The Sun, Under the Sun, Many Mountains Moving, Glamour, Lunch Ticket, the Charleston Gazette, the Washington Post, the Detroit Free Press, and elsewhere.
Brazaitis’ writing has been featured on the Diane Rehm Show as well as on public radio in Cleveland, Iowa City, New York City, and Pittsburgh. A former Peace Corps Volunteer and technical trainer, he is a professor of English and the director of the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop at West Virginia University.