Mark Todd

Mark Todd
Mark Todd
Professor of English
BA, MA, Eastern New Mexico University; PhD, Texas Tech University.
(970) 943-2016
Office Location: 
Taylor Hall 208G
Graduate Program in Creative Writing Department
Graduate Programs at Western
Communication Arts, Languages & Literature Department
Academic Program: 
Creative Writing
Graduate Program in Creative Writing: Low Residency MFA and MA; Certificate in Publishing
Writing the Rockies Annual Conference

Academic Credentials

Professor of English and Creative Writing; Director of Western's MFA in Creative Writing

Ph.D. English, Texas Tech University; M.A. English, B.A. French and German, Eastern New Mexico University.

Contact Information



Office Address:
Taylor Hall 208G
Western State College
Gunnison, CO 81231

Office Hours:
M 11-2; W 3-4, T 1-2; F2-3
or by appointment

Dr. Mark Todd, founder of Western’s MFA in Creative Writing, has been a Professor of English at Western since 1988. He currently serves as Director of the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program, and as Editor-in-Chief for Western Press Books, which oversees the Graduate Program in Creative Writing's Certificate in Publishing. He has 25 years of professional journalism experience, having published hundreds of news stories, features, columns, and editorials in local through international markets. He also served as editor and publisher of both a newspaper and a regional magazine and, at one point, digested online news for the Lycos daily news service. In addition, Mark directs Western's summer creative writing conference, Writing the Rockies, now in its 15th year. Mark has performed his poetry and given fiction readings across the country and in Europe. His books include two collections of poetry, Wire Song (Conundrum, 2001) and Tamped, But Loose Enough to Breathe (Ghost Road, 2008). He is author of the science fiction novel Strange Attractors (Write in the Thick, 2012) and co-author with wife Kym O’Connell-Todd of the paranormal comedy/fantasy trilogy The Silverville Saga: The Silverville Swindle (Ghost Road, 2006), which was reissued as Little Greed Men (Raspberry Creek, 2011), All Plucked Up (Raspberry Creek, 2012), and The Magicke Outhouse (Raspberry Creek, 2013). All were nominated for Colorado Book Awards and Little Greed Men was also nominated for the Colorado Blue Spruce Award. Currently, he and Kym are at work on a creative nonfiction book about hauntings in frontier mining towns of the Rocky Mountains.


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