2 August 2015
Welcome to the home page of fiction writer and university lecturer Mark Crimmins. Mark has been publishing short stories and flash fictions since late 2010. He is currently Senior Lecturer in English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. Mark taught Contemporary Transatlantic Fiction, Twentieth Century Literature, Modernism, and Literary Theory at the University of Toronto from 1999 to 2016. He received his Ph.D in Literature on 25 November 1999 from the University of Toronto, where he studied literary theory with Linda Hutcheon and Julia Kristeva. Mark's doctoral dissertation on the fiction of Saul Bellow, A Rhetoric of Digression, explored narrative movement and represented speech in five of Bellow's longer novels. Leading Bellow scholar Professor Jonathan Wilson of Tufts University, the external examiner, described A Rhetoric of Digression as 'one of the very best critical works in the field.' Mark has published two major articles on Bellow in the peer-reviewed specialist journal, the Saul Bellow Journal. The manuscript of Mark's first collection of short fiction, Intersections: Experiments in Short Fictional Form, is currently under consideration by several publishers of literary fiction. Mark is also currently working on two other collections of stories, Transitions: Experiments in Short Fictional Form, a sequel to Intersections, and Characters Madmen Alone Can Read, a book of longer stories. Mark also has a nonfiction manuscript under consideration by various publishers, a creative nonfiction account of a 2006 road trip across America, An American Safari. Mark's flash fictions and short stories have been published widely in the United States and around the world.
Awards and Nominations
Publication News: Updated 13 November 2016 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China
"Characters Madmen Alone Can Read," the title story from my collection, Characters Madmen Alone Can Read, was accepted for publication on 13 August 2016 and will be published in an upcoming issue of Chicago Quarterly Review. I'm especially excited for this story--based on my six years of experience as a Japanese librarian--to be published. Many many thanks to Editor Elizabeth McKenzie and the editorial staff of CQL for this acceptance!
"Recognition on 47th Street," a flash fiction from Intersections, has been accepted for publication by JMWW. Many thanks to Jen Michalski and the other editors of JMWW for this acceptance. I'm not quite sure when exactly it is due to come out.
Recent Publications [updated 13 November 2016 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China]
"Bear Hug and Snake Bum," one of the stories from Intersections, was published in Issue 11 of Prick of the Spindle on 24 October 2016. Copies of the issue and subscriptions can be purchased from the magazine's website. This is a print only publication, so it can only be read in the magazine itself. Many thanks to founding editor Cynthia Reeser for this publication and for her continued support of my work.
"Padang Besar," a story from Intersections, was published on 15 October 2016 in Issue 66 of Apalachee Review. This is a print only publication, so please order a copy of the magazine from the Apalachee Review website! Many thanks to editor Michael Trammell for this publication!
"The Postcard," a flash fiction from Intersections set in Paris, was published in the October 2015 Issue of the UK's Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine on 23 June 2016. This is a print publication, so if you would like to read it, you can order the issue from Flash's website at the University of Chester. The story is also one of two 'Sample Stories' on the journal's web page, so you can read it there if you like. Many thanks for this publication to editors Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler. I am particularly excited about this--my fiction debut in the UK.
"Midnight in the Carre St. Louis," a story from Intersections, was published in the Summer 2016 Issue (123: 2!) of Queen's Quarterly, Canada's oldest literary magazine, on 7 June 2016. I'm very excited about this publication, my fiction debut in Canada. Many thanks to Joan Harcourt and the staff of Queen's Quarterly for helping me to reach a Canadian audience! I am especially pleased by the beautiful presentation of my work by Queen's Quarterly.
"Rockaway," a story from Intersections, was published in Issue 71 of New York's Cortland Review on 24 May 2016. Many thanks to Editor-in-Chief Ginger Murchison and the team at Cortland Review for this publication!
"About the Author," one of the flash fictions from Transitions, was published in the May issue of Blue Fifth Review. Many thanks to Michelle Elvy and Sam Rasnake for this publication!
"No Time Hath She," a companion piece to "Doppelganger," was published in Pif Magazine on 1 May 2016. Thanks again to the editors of Pif, who always do a beautiful job of presenting my work!
"Gray," one of the stories from Intersections, was published in April 2016 (Volume 52) issue of Ellipsis. Many thanks to the editorial staff of Ellipsis for this publication! This is a print only publication, so if you would like to read it, please order a copy of Issue 52 from the magazine's website, or--if you're driving along Thirteenth East in Salt Lake City--just stop by Westminster College and buy a copy of the issue from the bookstore!
"City Girl," one of the flash fictions from Intersections, was published in Eunoia Review on 10 March 2016. Many thanks to Founding Editor Ian Chung for this acceptance and this publication.
"Showdown in Silicon Alley," a story from Transitions (the sequel to Intersections) was published in The Journal of Microliterature on 7 February 2016. Many thanks to the editors for publishing this piece.
"Washington and Polk," one of the San Francisco flashes from Intersections, was published in Dogzplot on 11 January 2016. Many thanks to Jesse Eagle for this publication, the first of my Frisco flashes to appear.
In April 2015, "Shiretoko" was nominated by Kristyn Bacon, Founding Editor of Trainless Magazine, for a 2015 Silver Pen Authors Association Write Well Award. Many thanks to Kristyn for this recognition and nomination!
"Incident on Abiko Street" was nominated by the editors of Cha for a Best of the Net Award in October 2014. Many thanks to Tammy Ho and Cha for this recognition and nomination!
"Incident on Abiko Street" was nominated for a Pushcart Fiction Prize by Cha in November 2014. Many thanks--again!--to Tammy Ho and Cha for this nomination, my first Pushcart nomination. I'm very honoured by this!
My proposal for Stories Without Geishas, a collection of Japanese tales, was shortlisted for the 2003 David T. K. Wong Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
10 May 2005. Medicine Show Theater, Hell's Kitchen, New York City. I was invited to read "On This Most Perfect Day" and "The Dick Doctor's Wife," my first two published flash fictions (alternate titles: "Yonge and Charles" and "Bay and Charles") at the issue launch party for avant-garde journal Happy. These were the first of my Intersections stories to be published. Many thanks to editor Bayard for this early recognition and publication. The fabled New York audience did not disappoint. To have my first reading be in New York City was definitely a big moment for me!
Fiction Publication History
On 10 May 2005, “Yonge and Charles” and “Bay and Charles,” the first two flash fictions from my Intersections series, were published in New York avant-garde literary journal Happy. “Slimer,” the first story from my collection Characters Madmen Alone Can Read, was published in Issue 108 (the Transformations issue) of Confrontation Magazine in the fall of 2010. A fourth experimental story, “Cryptograph,” was published in theNewerYork on 9 October 2013 as part of its Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature (the EEEL). My fifth story, "Perros en la Calle," appeared in Issue 6 of White Rabbit: English Studies in Latin America (Santiago, Chile) in December 2013. A sixth story, "Yanagawa"--and the first of my Japanese stories to be published--appeared in theNewerYork on 7 January 2014, also as part of the Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature. My seventh story, "Illusion of Depth," was published on 17 February 2014 in Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Catch and Release, and an eighth story, "Chiricahua," was published in the February International Issue of New Zealand's Flash Frontier on 21 February 2014. My ninth fiction publication, "Incident on Abiko Street" (my second Japanese story and also the second story from Characters Madmen Alone Can Read to appear) was published in Hong Kong on 31 March 2014 by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal as part of its Sixth Anniversary Issue. A tenth story, "What Charlie Said," was published on 1 April 2014 in Issue 2.4 of Tampa Review Online. My eleventh fiction publication, "Sea of Glass," was published in Columbia: a Journal of Literature and Art, Catch and Release on 16 May 2014. A twelfth story, "Lines Written on a Mall Parking Lot Bench in Mesquite Nevada," was published in Eunoia Review on 24 June 2014. My thirteenth story, microfiction "Riding the Rails," was published in Pif Magazine on 1 August 2014. A fourteenth story, "Big Baby Moses," was published on 1 September 2014 in Issue 3 of Split Rock Review. My fifteenth story, "Solstitial," was published in the September International Issue of New Zealand's Flash Frontier on 16 September 2014. My sixteenth story, "A Sort of Twilight," was published in New Hampshire's Penmen Review on 8 October 2014. This was the fourth story to be published from my collection, Characters Madmen Alone Can Read. My seventeenth story, "Revolution of the Bean," another microfiction from Intersections, was published in Portland Review on 19 October 2014. My eighteenth story, "Hong Kong Labyrinth" was published in theNewerYork on 26 November 2014. A nineteenth story, "Montreal Refraction," was published in Singapore's Eunoia Review on 29 November 2014. My twentieth story, "Shiretoko," was published in the inaugural issue of Berlin's Trainless Magazine on 28 December 2014. My twenty-first story, "Seokguram," set in Korea, was published in the January 2015 issue of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore on 31 January 2015. My twenty-second story, "Awa Odori," set in Shikoku, was published in Issue 82 of Japan's Kyoto Journal on 3 May 2015. My twenty-third and twenty-fourth stories, "Kunming Train" and "Gaungzhou Interlude," were published in Gravel Magazine on 1 June 2015. My twenty-fifth story, "The Uberdog: A Lecture," was published in the Humor and Satire section of Eclectica Magazine on 18 July 2015. My twenty-sixth story, "Guangzhou Doubletake," was published in the August issue of Eastlit on 1 August 2015. My twenty-seventh story, "Doppelganger," was published in the Micro Fiction section of Pif Magazine on 1 September 2015. My twenty-eighth story, "I-80 & 49th," was published by Wild Age Press's Restless Magazine on 14 September 2015. My twenty-ninth story, "Thief of Holes," was published in Issue 9, the print edition, of Prick of the Spindle on 31 October 2015. My thirtieth story, "Last Night at the Dead Goat," was published in Atticus Review on 10 November 2015. My thirty-first story, "Axis of Combination," was published in Apocrypha and Abstractions on 30 November 2015. My thirty-second story, Manchester micro "Anomaly," was published in the December Microfiction Issue of New Zealand's Flash Frontier. My thirty-third story, "Washington and Polk," a San Francisco flash, was published in Dogzplot on 11 January 2016. My thirty-fourth story, "Showdown in Silicon Alley," was published in the Journal of Microliterature on 7 February 2016. My thirty-fifth story, "City Girl," was published in Eunoia Review on 10 March 2016. My thirty-sixth story, "Gray," was published in Issue 52 of Ellipsis in April 2016. My thirty-seventh story, "No Time Hath She," was pubished in Pif Magazine on 1 May 2016. My thirty-eighth story, "About the Author," was published in Blue Fifth Review on 5 May 2016. My thirty-ninth story, "Rockaway," was published in New York's Cortland Review on 24 May 2016. My fortieth story, "Midnight in the Carré St. Louis," was published in Queen's Quarterly on 7 June 2016. "The Postcard," my forty-first story, was published on 23 June 2016 in the October 2015 issue of the UK's Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, a print only publication. My forty-second story, "Padang Besar," also a print only publication, was published in Issue 66 of Apalachee Review on 15 October 2016. My forty-third story, "Bear Hug and Snake Bum," was published in Issue 11, the print issue, of Prick of the Spindle on 24 October 2016. My forty-fourth story, "Recognition on 47th Street," has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of JMWW. My forty-fifth story, "Characters Madmen Alone Can Read," has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of Chicago Quarterly Review.
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