Mark Magoon is an author and educator.
His publishing credentials feature works of poetry and creative nonfiction that have been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, and numerous interviews and reviews. His first book of poems--The Upper Peninsula Misses You (ELJ Editions, 2015)--is very much writing of place, but the haunting tale of broken families and languishing landscapes found within could just as likely be from anywhere across America.
Magoon teaches writing full-time at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he serves as Lecturer in the Department of English—teaching poetry and composition—and as Assistant Director of the First-Year Writing Program. His poetry courses explore the construction of voice in British and American poetry, strongly focusing on the relationship between form and content. His composition courses use social justice as both mirror and lens en route to academic writing, and his pedagogy is concerned with critical inquiry, rhetoric, and the discovery of voice in varying discourse communities. Magoon is also a UIC Summer College Instructor with the Summer Enrichment Writing Workshop, which provides incoming freshman placed into preparatory writing courses the opportunity to sharpen their writing skills before starting at the university in the fall. Additionally, he serves as Faculty Mentor as part of the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative helping young poets author and assemble their first manuscript. In 2016 he was an Honoring Our Professors Excellence (HOPE) Award winner.
His writing can be found in numerous literary journals, magazines, and all over the web; including After Hours, American Book Review, Blue Fifth Review, Chicago Review of Books, DIAGRAM, DIALOGIST, Midwestern Gothic, The Nervous Breakdown, and many other venues. His poem "From the Fire" appears in the Eclectica Magazine Best Poetry anthology, which celebrates twenty years of publishing. His lyric essay "Chef! Chef! Chef!" was featured at Burrow Press as part of their celebration of nonfiction and on the radio program and podcast Functionally Literate--Creative Nonfiction Editor Susan Fallows said it was, “Unlike anything I had ever read.” His work has been shared at the famed Poetry Foundation and read all across the Midwest. He is currently working on a graphic novel and an accompanying novella.
Magoon studied under author Kathleen Rooney at Roosevelt University where he earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing, along with a Credential in the Teaching of Writing, and earned his B.A. in English from the University of Iowa. He makes home in the Windy City with a wife that's far too pretty and their bulldog, Kinnick.