M Mark is founding editor of PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers, published by PEN, the international organization of writers dedicated to advancing literature, defending free expression, and fostering conversation among writers from around the globe. After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees at Northwestern University, she founded VLS, The Village Voice Literary Supplement, and served as its editor and publisher for fifteen years. She has edited several books, including Disorderly Conduct: The VLS Fiction Reader, and has worked as developmental editor for Columbia University Press and as director of the Writers’ Center. M Mark has published journalistic and scholarly criticism of literature, film, music, theater, photography, and art. She teaches literature, writing, and media studies at Vassar College.