Mark Liebenow
essayist, poet, blogger


Mark Liebenow's essays, poems, and literary reviews have been published in over 40 journals like Lunch Ticket, Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry, Citron Review, Swink, Crab Orchard, DMQ Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and Rain Taxi Review. The author of four books, his poetry has also been set to music. He has won the River Teeth Nonfiction Book Award, the Chautauqua and Literal Latte’s essay awards, and his work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and named a notable essay by Best American Essays.

A contributor to the Huffington Post, his account of hiking in Yosemite to deal with his wife’s death, Mountains of Light, was published by the University of Nebraska Press. He writes a weekly blog on grief (widowersgrief.blogspot.com).

Mark Liebenow grew up in Wisconsin reading about John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Sigurd Olson. When he moved to California, he went to Yosemite and discovered the transcendence of nature that Muir wrote about. Liebenow now lives in Illinois where he helps friends preserve heirloom seeds on their organic farm. He writes about nature, poetry, recovery from grief, and the theology of fools.

Besides Yosemite, he has hiked in the Beartooth Mountains in Montana, Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, and the Highlands of Scotland, canoed through the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and Canada, rafted the American River, and biked across Wisconsin. He speaks before groups and gives workshops on a variety of topics.

Liebenow studied creative nonfiction and poetry in the graduate school at Bradley University and English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, holds M.Div. and M.A. degrees, and is married to Marcia Henry Liebenow, violinist.


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