Mark Chiusano’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Guernica, Narrative Magazine, Five Chapters, Salon, Harvard Review, and online at Tin House, the New York Observer, NPR, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review, among other places. He is an editorial board member and columnist for Newsday, where he also produces narrative podcasts reporting on news for Long Island. He is the author of the story collection Marine Park (Penguin), which was nominated for a PEN/Hemingway Award.
I am gruff. I’m mediocre. I’m not good at getting what I mean into what I say. Mostly, I’m tired. The same lines, the same debates. Different stages. I’ve been dragged across too much of this country and I know it’s not getting better.