Mark Richard is the author of two award-winning short story collections The Ice at the Bottom of the World, and Charity; and a bestselling novel, Fishboy. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, GQ, The Paris Review, The Oxford American, Grand Street, Shenandoah, The Quarterly, Equator, and Antaeus. He is the recipient of the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Foundation Writer’s Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, the Mary Francis Hobson Medal for Arts and Letters, and a National Magazine Award for Fiction. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, Spin, Esquire, George, Detour, Vogue, and The Oxford American, and he has been a correspondent for the BBC.
Richard also wrote the screenplay “Stop-Loss” produced by Paramount, and has been a writer/producer for CBS’s “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” Showtime’s Emmy-winning series “Huff,” “Chicago Hope” on CBS, and “Party of Five” on Fox. He is currently writer/producer for “Hell on Wheels,” a new dramatic series for AMC.
His fourth book House of Prayer No. 2 was published this year by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday and appeared on the Southern Independent Booksellers bestseller list. Richard lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jennifer Allen and their three sons.