Mark Poirier

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Mark Poirier
Born Mark Jude Poirier
Tucson, Arizona, United States
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, screenwriter

B.A. 1991, Georgetown University M.A 1992, Stanford University M.A. 1994, Johns Hopkins University

MFA 1997, The University of Iowa[1]
Genre Fiction
Literary movement Postmodern
Notable works Goats
Modern Ranch Living
Smart People

Mark Jude Poirier is an American novelist, short story writer and screenwriter who teaches creative writing at Harvard.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He grew up in Tucson, Arizona, the fifth child in a family of eleven children. He lives in New York City with his partner, Edward Cahill.[2]


He wrote the novels Modern Ranch Living and Goats as well as the short story collections Unsung Heroes of American Industry and Naked Pueblo.

He served as the editor of the book The Worst Years of Your Life: Stories for the Geeked-Out, Angst-Ridden, Lust-Addled, and Deeply Misunderstood Adolescent in All of Us, including short pieces by George Saunders, Jennifer Egan, A. M. Homes and Nathan Englander.

At one time, Poirier was named "the young American writer to watch" by the Times Literary Supplement. He has been the recipient of a Maytag Fellowship and a James Michener Fellowship.

He is currently working as a screenwriter and is the author of Smart People[3] and the adaptation of his novel Goats. He was awarded a Chesterfield Screenwriting Fellowship with Paramount Pictures.

He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and Stanford University. He taught at Bennington College and Columbia University. He is currently teaching screenwriting at Harvard University.[citation needed]



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