Mark Paterson is the author of the short story collections Dreamers and Misfits of Montclair, A Finely Tuned Apathy Machine, and Other People’s Showers, all from Exile Editions. His work has won the 3Macs carte blanche Prize, Geist magazine’s Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest, and the Atwater Library’s 150 Words for 150 Years contest. Most recently, his story “My Uncle, My Barbecue Chicken Deliveryman” was a finalist for the 2018 Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Competition.
Mark was born in northern California in 1971 and spent his childhood in Rosemere, a North Shore suburb of Montreal. His teenage years were days of wandering, living over a four-year period in Noblesville, Indiana; suburban Boston; and Santa Cruz, California. Just prior to his final year of high school, he returned to the Montreal area where he has lived ever since, currently in the town of Lorraine.