Creative Writing at WVU: Wild, Wonderful Writing

Mark Brazaitis

Mark Brazaitis

Professor of English
MFA, Bowling Green State University

Office: 219 Colson Hall

Tel: 304.293.9707

Fax: 304.293.5380

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Courses Taught:

131: Poetry and Drama

132: Short Story and Novel

212: Creative Writing: Fiction

213: Creative Writing: Poetry

214: Creative Writing: Nonfiction

312: Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

313: Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

314: Creative Writing Workshop: Nonfiction

318: Special Topics
(Genre Blends “The Shadow” in Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction)

418: Creative Writing Capstone

618: Graduate Fiction Workshop


Julia & Rodrigo, Gival Press, Forthcoming 2013

The Incurables, Notre Dame Press, 2012

The Other Language: Poems, ABZ Press, 2009

An American Affair: Stories, Texas Review Press, 2004

Steal My Heart (a novel), Van Neste Books, 2000

The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala,
University of Iowa Press, 1998


“I was thoroughly and magically transported by The River of Lost Voices. These are tender, beautiful, touching stories about a Guatemala that is at once strange and universal. This is a remarkable collection from a new writer with a major talent.”

Robert Olen Butler,
Pulitzer Prize winner for A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

“In Steal My Heart, Mark Brazaitis has written an exceptional novel, giving us a cross-cultural tale of both rural and urban, Spanish and Indian, Guatemala, while at the same time teaching us that the ethics and love at the core of even the worst of us can come out and be counted under harrowing and dangerous circumstances.”

Richard Wiley,
author of the PEN/Faulkner award for Soldiers in Hiding

“Wonderfully anchored in place, the stories in An American Affair are provocative and emotionally honest. A good read.”

Patricia Henley,
author of Hummingbird House

“Mark Brazaitis’s The Other Language delights in the strangeness of the day-to-day and the familiar of the ‘other.’ Exuberant, brilliantly alive, vulnerable and wise, these poems pay passionate attention to our world.”

Denise Duhamel,
author of Two and Two


The Sun
Notre Dame Review
Passages North
Hayden’s Ferry Review
Poetry International
Poetry East


Iowa Short Fiction Award, University of Iowa Press
George Garrett Fiction Award, The Texas Review Press
ABZ Poetry Prize, ABZ Press
Maria Thomas Fiction Award, Peace Corps Writers
Best American Short Stories (Distinguished Story)
Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction
Gival Press Novel Award

Awards for Teaching:

Eberly College Outstanding Researcher and Teacher


National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship


Listen to Mark Brazaitis discuss his short story collection The Incurables on The Diane Rehm Show.

Read Mark Brazaitis’s work in The Sun

Mark Brazaitis in the Peace Corps Writers Bibliography

Read Mark Brazaitis’s work in Cimarron Review

Read Mark Brazaitis’s work on the Peace Corps website

Read Reviews of Mark Brazaitis’s
The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatamala

A poem by Mark Brazaitis in Bryant Literary Review

Mark Admires:

Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev, Franz Kafka, Gabriel Garc??­a M??¡rquez, Mary Gaitskill, Lorrie Moore, Philip Roth, Janet Peery, Patricia Henley, Richard Wiley, Francisco Goldman, Robert Olen Butler, Elizabeth Graver, Paul Bowles, Lewis Hyde, Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Guillermo Martinez, Kazuo Ighiguro, Faith Shearin, Jim Daniels, Denise Duhamel, Joan Connor, Charles Martin, Ernest Hemingway.

On a Personal Note:

A former Peace Corps Volunteer and Technical Trainer, Mark lives in Morgantown with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys two of the following: swimming, bike-riding, and skydiving.