Chatham University

Film and Digital Technology (MFA) Faculty and Staff

Marc Nieson

Marc Nieson

mnieson@chatham.edu
Assistant Professor
Hometown : Brooklyn, NY
Joined Chatham : 2004

Academic Areas of Interest

Fiction, CNF, Screenwriting

Personal Website : Visit Website

Biography

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), Conjunctions, and Hawk & Handsaw. 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.

Education

  • MFA University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1994
  • BFA New York University — Institute of Film and Television, 1985.
  • AS SUNY at Farmingdale — Business Administration, 1980

Publications

Awards

  • 2015 Chatham Research & Sabbaticals Committee Award - supporting professional website design
  • 2013 Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2012
  • 2012 Literal Latte Fiction Award — 1st Place Winner
  • 2011 Pushcart Prize Nominee (nonfiction)
  • 2011 Wordstock Ten 2011 Short Fiction Contest — Runner Up
  • 2010 Chautauqua 2010 Nonfiction Contest, Runner up
  • 2008• Pushcart Prize & Million Writers Award Nominee
  • 2008• Grand Prize, Raymond Carver Short Story Award
  • 2006• Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts — Writing Residency
  • 2004• Blacklock Nature Sanctuary — Writing Residency
  • 2003• University of Minnesota — Outstanding Teacher Award - English Department
  • 2003 • Willard R. Espy Literary Foundation — Writing Residency
  • 2002• Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship
  • 2002 • Centrum — Writing Residency
  • 2001• Blacklock Nature Sanctuary — Writing Residency
  • 2000• SASE/Jerome Fellowship
  • 1999• McKnight Artist Fellowship in Creative Prose
  • 1999 • Loft Faculty Award — Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts, Writing Residency
  • 1998• Jerome Foundation Literature Travel and Study Grant (Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica)
  • 1998• Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship
  • 1995• MUCIA Travel Grant (Haiti, guest speaker at Colloque International sur La Littérature)
  • 1993• University of Iowa — Teaching Assistantship in English Literature

Organizations

  • AWP

Achievements

  • Varied & Sundry

Presentations

  • 2015 — AWP, Mpls MN, "Teaching in Prisons/Prisons in Teaching"
  • 2014 — Writers Connect Conference, Pgh, PA “Place as Character in Novels and Short Stories”
  • 2014 — Education Justice Project Symposium, Univ. Illinois “Writing in Prisons, Prisons in Writing”
  • 2014 — Educational Justice/Appalachian Prisons Symposium, Univ.W.Va “Words Without Walls Panel”
  • 2013 — Hands On Literary Festival, New Orleans, LA, "Writing the Mask: Gendered Personas"
  • 2011 — AWP, Wash DC, "Collaboration: Love it or Leave it"
  • 2011 — Iowa Summer Writing Festival, IA, "In the 'I' of the Storm"
  • 2010 — Iowa Summer Writing Festival, IA, "The Writing Lobby: Politics, Prose, & Poetry"
  • 2008 — AWP NYC, "Memoir and Tightrope of True-ish-isms"
  • 2006 — 412 Creative Nonfiction Conf., Pgh, PA, "Publishing in Literary Magazines"
  • 2005 — Chatham Univ. "Translating Across Borders : Indian Dialogues"
  • 2003 — Hamline University, MN “On Memory and Memoir”
  • 1997 — Minnesota Museum of American Art, StPaul "Language and Landscape"
  • 1996 — The Loft, MN, "Publishing: From the Other Side of the Desk"
  • 1995 — Colloque International sur La Littérature, Port-au-Prince, HAITI, "On Creative Nonfiction"
  • 1994 — Univ. of Iowa, IA, "Writing Within & Without Gender"