A longtime Aspen Words program participant and Board Member, Mark Tompkins published his first novel in 2016 and spoke on a New York Book Series panel on “The Art of World Building in Fiction” alongside Hannah Tinti and Lev Grossman.

Mark Tompkins, a lifelong writer and patron of the literary arts, founded the Aspen Writers’ Network and serves on the board of Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute. His poetry has appeared in publications worldwide including: Grain Magazine, Parabola, Photovision, and Leading Edge Review. He has appeared numerous times on National Public Radio (NPR) discussing the creative process and been a guest lecturer on creativity at Texas A&M University. The Last Days of Magic is his first novel. SAVE THE DATE: Mark Tompkins' book launch on March 3A ‘Magical’ Journey: Author Mark Tompkins on the Writing Process, His New Novel, and Aspen Words

The inspiration for Mark Tompkins’ debut novel dates back to a trip to Ireland a decade ago, when, lost on the back roads of County Clare, he came across a small castle. … View Article WATCH VIDEO