Mark SaFranko is an American artist who was born in 1950 in Trenton (New Jersey). He started writing at the age of twenty-one. Today he is particularly successful in Europe, especially in France, Belgium and the UK. He has published ninety short stories, eight novels and many essays and plays. He is also a painter, an actor and a musician (his 10th album has just been released).
As a journalist he used to write for The Guardian and a number of American newspapers. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was, among other things, a landscaper’s assistant, political risk analyst, brewery worker, freight loader, deliveryman, teacher, fast food worker and cook, bank clerk, bar musician, chauffeur, stock clerk and telephone solicitor, all of which contributed significantly to his writing.
In 2005 he won the Frank O’Connor Award from descant magazine for his short fiction. He was cited in Best American Mystery Stories 2000 and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. His stories have appeared in more than seventy magazines and journals internationally, including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. The Suicide was named one of the best novels of 2014 by Foyles bookshops (UK). No Strings was named one of the best novels of 2014 by Blackheart Magazine.
His fiction is sometimes described as neo-beat or dirty realism. Inspired by such authors as Henry Miller, Georges Simenon and Patricia Highsmith, he shows us an American society in which the American Dream is a long way off.
Within the framework of ARIEL (Auteurs en Résidence Internationale En Lorraine), he is currently author in residence at the Université de Lorraine in France.
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