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MARK SAFRANKO's Biography

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Mark SaFranko is a survivor. He has survived psychotic women, threats to his life, and borderline insanity. And jobs... lots of jobs. Freight loader, landscaper's assistant, truck driver, chauffeur, deliveryman, clothing salesman, short-order cook, newsboy, factory hand, astrologer, dinner theater actor, bar musician, teacher, editor, proofreader, bank clerk, political risk analyst, office temp, ghost writer, crime and sports reporter, stock clerk, government pensions clerk and fast food worker.

Despite thirty-plus years of daily grind SaFranko has continued to act, create plays, and write short stories... lots of stories. Over 50 have already been published in dozens of magazines and journals internationally, including the renowned Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and The Savage Kick. He was cited in Best American Mystery Stories 2000 and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2005 he won the Frank O'Connor award.

Mister SaFranko is also a playwright. The Bitch-Goddess was selected Best Play of the Village Gate One-Act Festival in New York in 1992. An evening of his one-acts which included The Bitch-Goddess recently made its European debut at the Derry Playhouse in Northern Ireland. The production then moved south to the Cork Arts Theatre to strong reviews. Another play, The Promise, was produced at the Millenium Forum in Derry in June, 2003.

Other plays have also been seen at such New York venues as the Samuel Beckett Theater, Belmont Italian American Playhouse, the Harold Clurman Theater, the Creative Place Theater, Wings Theater, the Madison Avenue Theater, and the Riant Theater.

As an actor he has appeared in several independent films, including A Better Place, Shoot George, and The Road From Erebus. His early novels are Hopler's Statement and The Favor, available through dotcoms and MSP.

Copies of Mark SaFranko's books have been sold to twenty different countries worldwide... and counting. They're all still available through Ebay, Amazon, and the MSP online shop. Meanwhile, the French translations of Hating Olivia (Putain d'Olivia) and Lounge Lizard (Confessions d'un Loser) were released by 13e Note Editions to both excellent sales and critical notices.

His Zajack novels, Hating Olivia and Lounge Lizard were initially published in 2005 and 2007 by Murder Slim Press, garnering rave reviews. In 2008, a MSP collection of SaFranko's short stories - Loners - was released to critical acclaim. It also became an English Literature text used at Marianopolis College, Montreal. The third Zajack novel, entitled God Bless America, was released in 2010... followed by a fourth - Dirty Work in 2014.

Mark SaFranko can be contacted at mark.safranko@gmail.com.