Mark Erwin, a native of south central Pennsylvania, received his B.A. From Shippensburg University, where he majored in English and minored in Ethnic Studies, and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing—Fiction from the University of Memphis. He has been teaching various writing and literature courses for over ten years. His areas of interest/study include writing, in all its forms, the short story, and modernism. He has been writing a weekly outdoors/humor newspaper column for over five years.