Mark Mirsky

Professor, Editor of Fiction Magazine

Main Affiliation



North Academic Center





Mark Mirsky


B.A., Harvard University
M.A., Stanford University


Research Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Fiction
  • Jewish Literature



Thou Worm Jacob, Macmillan, May 1967.

Proceedings of the Rabble, Bobbs Merrill, May 1971.

Blue Hill Avenue, Bobbs Merrill, November 1972.

The Secret Table, Braziller-Fiction Collective, May 1975.

My Search for the Messiah, Macmillan, May 1977.

Boston, Un Guide Transaméricain, Autrement Editions, 1988.

The Red Adam, Sun & Moon, May, 1990.

Rabbinic Fantasy, anthology edited with Professor David Stern, Jewish Publication Society, September, 1990.

The Absent Shakespeare, Associated University Presses, Fairleigh Dickinson, January 1995, reprinted 2002.

Rabbinic Fantasies, edited with Professor David Stern, revised and issued in paperback by Yale Judaica, Yale University Press, April, 1998.

The Diaries of Robert Musil, editor and introduction by, Basic Books, December, 1998.

The Diaries of Robert Musil, editor and introduction by, issued in paperback by Basic Books, 1999.

Dante, Eros and Kabbalah, Syracuse University Press, October, 2003.

Creeley, Pressed Wafer, [Booklet], April, 2007.

The Jews of Pinsk 1506-1880, Co-editor. Preface, “A Novelist in the Blottes,” xvii-xxxii, The Pinsk Yizkor Histories, Volume One, The Stanford University Press, Fall, 2007.

The Drama in Shakespeare’s Sonnets A Satire to Decay, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press,October 2011.

The Jews of Pinsk: 1881-1941, Co-editor, Preface, “The Family Murdered,” The Pinsk Yizkor Histories, Volume Two. The Stanford University Press, 2013.

Puddingstone, Franklin Park, Golem Books, 2014.

A Mother’s Steps, Golem Books, 2016.


A Chapter on Mark Jay Mirsky appears in Jules Chametzky’s Out of Brownsville, pp. 95-98, Meredith Writer Press, 2012 


Magazine Publication last five years


“Israel, September 2004,” the Ilanot Review, Volume 1, No. 1, pp. 102-116, Spring 2011.

“Ask Lot,” Fiction, No. 57, June, 2011.

“Preface to Henry Roth’s First Years in Maine,” Fiction, No 57, June 2011.

“Introduction to an Interview with Harold Brodkey,” Fiction, No 57, June 2011.

“People are Not my Thing,” Review of Lev Loseff’s Joseph Brodsky: A Literary Life, Haaretz , p. 1, 6-7, June, 2011.

“A Particular Iniquity,” A Brief History of Autho-Terrorism, edited by Gabriel Levinson, Antibook Club, pp. 49-58, October 2011.

“Ruth Maier—en av oss,” Samtiden, edited by Cathrine Sandness, pp. 67-75, translated by Jan Erik Vold, 2*2012.

“Who was Scheherazade, “Do I Know You? Fiction, Volume 60. 

“Mopsy,” The Capra Review, spring 2014. Online,

“The East Side Golem,” Shadowgraph, summer 2014, print, Online

Østidens golemer, La Grenada 5, Oslo, Norway, summer 2014.

“Other people’s stories . . .? Why do you want them?” The Massachusetts Review, spring 2015.

“On Account of an Apple.” Fiction, Volume 61. 

“Shenanigans: Robert Musil's Thought Flights | Review” - Mark Jay Mirsky Numero Cinq, Vol. VI, No. 7, July 2015, page/back-issues1/2015-2/.

“Gravity’s Box,”

“The Anxiety of Laughter: An essay on Reading Dante.”…


Book Chapters last two years


“Literary Magazine Publishing, chapter in The Business of Writing, edited by Jennifer Lyons with a Forward by Oscar Hijuelos, NY: Allworth Press, 2012.


Recent Public Lectures


Lecture on the Diaries of Ruth Maier, The Holocaust Center, Oslo, November lst, 2010.

Interview, Norwegian Radio, NRK-P2, November lst, 2010.

Lecture. Ruth Maier. Judiska Biblioket, (The Jewish Library), Stockholm, Sweden. November 3rd, 2010. 

Lecture. Ruth Maier. The University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. November 4th, 2010.

The “reality” of the work of Tomas Transtormer.T uesday, November 14, 2011, At The City College of New York, The Division of Science, in the series, “Who Won This Year’s Nobel Prize and Why?” 


Dramatic Productions


Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard,  Fringe NYC 2007


Web Publication


Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Indie Theatre Now, FringeNYC 2007 collection.

Mopsy, The Capra Review.

Shenanigans: Robert Musil’s Thought Flights | Review — Mark Jay Mirsky

Numero Cinq, Vol. VI, No. 7, July 2015,     page/back-issues1/2015-2/

“Gravity’s Box.”…

“The Anxiety of Laughter.”…



Books In Translation:


Los Delerios del Rabino Lux, Ediciones de la Flor, Buenos Aires, May 1976.
(translation of the novel, Blue Hill Avenue).


Book Chapters


The Single Voice, edited by Jerome Charyn, “Simcha,” Collier, 1969.

Mirror and Mirage: The Portable Stanford, edited by Albert J. Guerard, “Simcha,” Stanford Alumni Association, 1980.

Gates to the New City, edited by Howard Schwartz, “The Generation of the Flood,” Avon, 1983.

Congregation, edited by David Rosenberg, “Daniel,” Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987.

Testimony, edited by David Rosenberg, “Our Houses? Our Holy Places?” Random House, 1989.

The Uncommon Touch, edited by John L’Heureux, “Songs of Infancy,” Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford, California.

Ways of Knowing,” edited by John Brockman, “Fiction—its Uses and Misuses, Prentice Hall Press, 1991.

Our Country, Our Culture, edited by Edith Kurzweil and William Phillips, “False Gods,” 1994.

Jewish American Literature, edited by Jules Chametzky, John Felstiner, Hilene Flanzbaum, Kathryn Hellerstein, “Memory Candle,” pp. 1060-1066, Norton Anthology, 2001.

110 Stories, edited by Ulrich Baer, “Time & King David,” New York University Press, pp. 206-207, Sept 11th, 2002. Republished in paperback 2004.

Angell, “Olav is not Seventy,” pp. 93-94, 2002, Gyldendal Forlag.

Max Frisch, Schwarzes Quadrat, “Eine Diskussion,” 77-82, Suhrkamp Verlag, 2008.


Plays in Production

“Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard,” produced at The Fringe Festival-2007, Manhattan, Directed by Marc Palmieri, August 11, 13, 18, 23, 25

Courses Taught

The Graduate Workshop in Fiction.
The Advanced Fiction Workshop, Undergraduate.
Shakespeare's Plays and Sonnets (On the Graduate and Undergraduate level).
The Experimental novel and short story in the Twentieth Century. (On the Graduate and Undergraduate level).
Post Modernism.
The Bible in Modern Fiction.
The Old and New Testament as Literature.
Introduction to Creative Writing.