University of Arkansas at Monticello dean releases new book

MONTICELLO — “Trespassers”, a collection of two novellas and six short stories, is the latest work by Mark Spencer, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

The 168-page book, which is available through Main Street Rag Publishing, Charlotte, N.C., was a finalist in four national competitions – the Quarterly West Novella Prize, the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award, the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize, and the A.E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize.

According to the author’s description, “Trespassers” “evokes desperate characters who have an amazing capacity to dream, hope, and surprise everyone, especially themselves, and some times in the most horrifying ways.”

Spencer is the author of several books, including the novella, “The Masked Demon”, the novels, “The Weary Motel and Love” and “Reruns in Adams County”, the short story collection, “Wedlock”, and the nonfiction novel, “A Haunted Love Story”. His work has received the Faulkner Society Faulkner Award for the Short Novel, the Omaha Prize for the Novel, the Cairns Short Story Award, the Patrick T. Bradshaw Book Award, and four Special Mentions in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses.

His short fiction has appeared in journals such as The Chariton Review, Natural Bridge, Amarillo Bay, Storyglossia and The Dos Passos Review.

Spencer joined the UAM faculty in 2005. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master of fine arts degree from Bowling Green State University.