Books by Mark Svenvold

Mark Svenvold's first book of nonfiction, Elmer McCurdy: The Misadventures in Life and Afterlife of an American Outlaw, was a Book Sense 76 pick. Poet in residence at Fordham University, Svenvold has won The Nation's "Discovery" Award for poetry. He lives


NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2005

"At turns wacky, macho and whimsical. A literary version of Twister."
What Tony Horwitz did for Confederate re-enactors, poet Svenvold does for storm chasers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"With frequent imaginings and surmises, Svenvold conducts a literary séance, using hints and clues to conjure the spirit of McCurdy. Doing so, he presents a decidedly entertaining chunk of American pop culture. R.I.P., Elmer McCurdy."
Like Elvis, Elmer McCurdy pursued a lively theatrical career long after he died. A feckless western outlaw who was killed in 1911, he was finally interred in a Boot Hill grave 66 years later. His story, still a cult cowboy saga, is told anew by Svenvold (Soul Data, 1998), a poet turned earnest reporter. Read full book review >
SOUL DATA by Mark Svenvold
Released: May 1, 1998

"Such found facts and a tendency to burst into pseudo-profundity (—you cannot connect—) suggest artistic immaturity, though there are glimmers of talent here, too."
Loads of sonnets and villanelles make up this first volume, the winner of an award honoring the late Vassar Miller, who shares nothing in common with Svenvold's irregularly rhymed verse. Read full book review >