About

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Hi, I’m Mark Cugini.

I write fiction and poetry.

I wrote I’m Just Happy To Be Here (Ink Press 2014), a limited-edition chapbook that sold out in 6 weeks. It received some glowing(//embarrassing) reviews at Entropy and the Washington City Paper.

I founded Big Lucks with Laura Spencer, and now I manage Big Lucks Books with 9 amazing people.

I'm the organizer (with Colette Arrand & Mike Young) of Whale Prom, an alternative AWP book fair that drew over 1,000 attendees in 2018.

Along with Tyler Christensen & Carrie Murphy, I curated the THREE TENTS Reading Series in Washington, DC from 2011 through 2015. which was awarded second place in the 2013 Litbridge Reading Series Contest and named the Best Reading Series in DC by the Washington City Paper.

I was a workshop leader at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland & maybe one day I'll teach online courses or something?

I grew up in Staten Island & built homes in New Hampshire & Washington, DC but now I live in Austin, Texas.

I was named one of the Top 200 Advocates of American Poetry by the Huffington Post.

I was the #1 ranked player of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood from July 20th through August 11th of 2014.