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 Waxwing, Permafrost, Portland Review, the minnesota review, Flash Fiction Magazine, and WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. Beginning Fall 2019, he will be an Assistant Professor of English at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.