Mark L. Keats was born in South Korea, adopted at the age of three, and raised in Maryland. He earned his BA and MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his PhD from Texas Tech University. He has received fellowships from Kundiman and The Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. His work is forthcoming in Permafrost, Portland Review, and the minnesota review. His novel Loud and Mute Birds was a finalist for the Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.