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

Biography

Marc Nieson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. He's lived in New York City, Italy, Iowa and Minnesota. His background includes filmmaking, children’s theatre, building construction, and a season with a one-ring circus. Excerpts from SCHOOLHOUSE: A MEMOIR IN 13 LESSONS have appeared in the Literary Review, Iowa Review, Green Mountains Review, and Chautauqua. Recent short fictions appeared in Conjunctions, won the 2008 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Award winning feature-length screenplays include THE SPEED OF LIFE, THE DREAM CATCHER, and BOTTOMLAND, as well as the short film WHAT GREEN COULD BE (Hill District entry for GREETINGS FROM PITTSBURGH: NEIGHBORHOOD NARRATIVES). He's working on a new novel, HOUDINI'S HEIRS, and lives in Friendship 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

  • 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

  • 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"