Mark Salzman

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Mark Salzman
Born (1959-12-03) December 3, 1959 (age 54)
Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
Occupation Writer, actor, Cellist[1]
Nationality American
Citizenship Yes
Alma mater Yale University
Notable works Iron & Silk
Spouse Jessica Yu
Children Ava Salzman and Esme Salzman

Mark Joseph Salzman (born December 3, 1959 in Greenwich, Connecticut) is an American writer. Salzman is best known for his 1986 memoir Iron & Silk, which describes his experiences living in China as an English teacher in the early 1980s.[2]

Salzman grew up in Ridgefield, Conn., the oldest child of a piano teacher mother and a social worker father. He studied Chinese Language and Literature at Yale University. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude in 1982 and spent the next two years in Changsha, Hunan teaching English at Hunan Medical College (湖南医学院) and studying martial arts with Pan Qingfu, a Chinese martial arts teacher and kung fu movie actor. His experiences in China are recounted in his first book, Iron & Silk: A young American encounters swordsmen, bureaucrats and other citizens of contemporary China, published in 1986. Salzman received several literary awards for Iron & Silk. The book was made into a 1990 film of the same title. Salzman wrote the screenplay and starred as himself in the film. Though the real venue of the story was in Changsha, the film was shot in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.

Salzman's other publications include several works of fiction, a memoir dealing with growing up in suburbia, more specifically Ridgefield, Connecticut, and a report on his work as a creative writing instructor for juvenile delinquents.

Salzman plays the cello.[3] In high school, he played the cello for the Norwalk Youth Symphony.

In the mid-1990s, Salzman appeared in magazine advertisements for The Gap and Dewar's Scotch Whisky.[4]

In 2007, Mark Salzman, along with three other men, was featured in the documentary Protagonist, directed by his wife, Jessica Yu.

Salzman was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2000. He, his wife Jessica Yu, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, and their daughters Ava and Esme live in Los Angeles.

Works by Salzman[edit]

The Laughing Sutra (1991)
  • Iron & Silk (1986), ISBN 0-394-55156-7
  • The Laughing Sutra (1991)
  • The Soloist (1994), nominated for a Pulitzer prize
  • Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia (1995)
  • Lying Awake (2000)[5]
  • True Notebooks (2003), a book about his experience as a writing teacher in Central Juvenile Hall, as well as the inmates and their writing
  • The Man in the Empty Boat (2012), about his struggles with anxiety and writer's block.

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