Mark L. Keats was born in South Korea, adopted at the age of three, and raised in Maryland. He earned his AA from Howard Community College, BA and MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and 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 Puerto del Sol and Portland Review. His novel Loud and Mute Birds was a finalist for the Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction and made the longlist for the First Pages Prize. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and dog.