Most writers learn to specialize, and thus we have journalists, novelists, short story writers, non-fiction writers, screenwriters, and playwrights. Mark apparently missed the class suggesting these helpful divisions, and so, rather alarmingly, he now embraces his own proclivity to work in whatever genre, style, or medium suggests itself. Let the idea dictate the form, that’s his motto, which means he isn’t very good at what the business world has come to call “branding.”

Instead, Mark continues to try his hand at everything from meta-theatrical craziness to poetry, blogs, and epistolary rumination.

Variety, then, is the hallmark of these pages. Don’t like a given story? Try another. Not keen on one particular script?  Sample the next. They’re different, just like the inspirations from which they came.

As both Plato and Sheherazade once put it, “Branding. Yuck.”

About Mark

Mark Rigney is a writer and a stay-at-home father living and working in Evansville, Indiana.  He has two sons, currently ages eight and twelve, respectively, and he is happily married to a wonderful woman with whom he shares the house, the boys, and far more meals than any married couple has a right to expect.

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Happiness is...hiking the Kananaskis.                                                        Photo by Mark Rigney

A few highlights (of the written work, though not the parenting) might be summed up as follows:

Mark Rigney is the author of Deaf Side Story: Deaf Sharks, Hearing Jets and a Classic American Musical (Gallaudet University Press). His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in venues such as Witness, The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, Black Static, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Not One Of Us, The Red Rock Review, Realms Of Fantasy, All Hallows, and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.  Other writing projects have placed first in nationwide novel contests and have earned grants from the Indiana Arts Council and the Vogelstein Foundation. His plays for the stage have won national contests and been performed in nineteen states and counting, with Bears, winner of the 2012 Panowski Playwriting Contest, leading the charge.  (Bears received its New York premiere Off Broadway at 59e59, courtesy of Sans A Productions in March, 2013). He is proud to have had work developed at the Tofte Lake Center, the Y.E.S. Festival, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and the sadly defunct and much-missed Foothill Theatre Company. Acts of God, Ten Red Kings, and “Porch Revival” are available from Playscripts, Inc., with Acts having already enjoyed over thirty-five productions around the U.S. and in Canada. “Migratory Birds of Iraq” was a finalist for the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and is included in the Smith & Kraus anthology Best Ten-Minute Plays 2012. Mark is a founding member of the ensemble theater troupe In the Mix, whose devised work “A Crying Shame” will surely rear its head again.  Stay tuned!

For current news and updates, please visit my (Anti-) blog.

For an entertaining interview, mostly on the subjects of writing, Renner & Quist, and reading, please visit HERE.

For a more recent podcast interview (2019), click on the logo below:

Back in the exciting, halcyon days when he held real jobs, Mark worked as a zookeeper, a sound recordist, and as the technical director for a college theater. For several years, he made his living as a retail trainer for Borders Books and Music, where he assisted with store openings across the country, reasoning that while endless chain stores may be undesirable, no nation can ever have too many bookshops. In his spare time, he has been known to hike, teach college-level English and creative writing classes, and play with his children.