Mark Liebenow

Mark Liebenow writes about grief for The Huffington Post and on his blog Widowers Grief ( He is the author of four books, and his essays, poems, and reviews have been published in journals like Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry, Fifth Wednesday, DMQ Review, Open to Hope, Under the Sun, and The Good Men Project. His work has won the River Teeth Book Award, the Chautauqua Creative Nonfiction Prize, Literal Latte’s Essay Award, been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and named a notable essay by Best American Essays 2012.
His account of hiking in Yosemite to deal with his wife’s death, Mountains of Light, was published by the University of Nebraska Press. He has also written about the theology of fools. Five of his poems have been set to music, including a choral arrangement with soprano saxophone, and several were published in a letterpress anthology. In his spare time, he helps on the organic farm of friends.