Chatham University

MFA Creative Writing
Faculty and Staff

Marc Nieson
Assistant Professor

Hometown : Brooklyn, NY
Joined Chatham : 2004

Academic Areas of Interest

Fiction, CNF, Screenwriting

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Marc Nieson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. His background includes children’s theatre, cattle chores, and a season with a one-ring circus. His memoir SCHOOLHOUSE: LESSONS FROM THE HEARTLAND is forthcoming from Ice Cube Press (2016) and has been noted in Best American Essays 2012 and excerpted in Literary Review, Iowa Review, Green Mountains Review, and Chautauqua. Recent fiction is in Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Press 53), Tahoma Literary Review, and Museum of Americana. His prose has earned two Pushcart Prize nominations, the Literal Latte Fiction Award, and Raymond Carver Short Story Award. His award-winning feature-length screenplays include SPEED OF LIFE, THE DREAM CATCHER, and BOTTOMLAND. He’s at work on a new novel HOUDINI’S HEIRS, and lives in the Friendship neighborhood with his wife and daughter and a handful of trees.