Mark Rigney is the author of Deaf Side Story: Deaf Sharks, Hearing Jets and a Classic American Musical (Gallaudet University Press). His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appears in venues such as Witness, The Long Story, Black Gate, The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, Black Static, Realms of Fantasy, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. Two novellas are due shortly from Samhain Publishing, "The Skates," and "Sleeping Bear." A Most Unruly Gnome won the 2009 First Coast Novel Contest, and other writing projects have earned grants from the Indiana Arts Council and the Vogelstein Foundation. His plays have been performed in nineteen states plus Canada, in venues such as 59e59 (New York, New York), the Ark Theatre (Los Angeles, California), the Utah Shakespearean Festival (Cedar City, Utah), the Forest Roberts Theatre (Marquette, Michigan), the Alleyway Theatre (Buffalo, New York), and the Foothill Theatre Company (Nevada City, California). A recent full-length, Bears, won the 2012 Panowski Playwriting Contest, won a spot in the 2012 EMOS Ecodrama Festival (through Carnegie Mellon and the University of Oregon), and appeared Off-Broadway at 59e59 in March of 2013, courtesy of Sans A Productions. His website is www.markrigney.net.