MARK MANDELL first copyrighted Diary of the Twentieth-Century Elizabethan Poet with the Library of Congress in 1999, then, with a couple of exceptions, more or less stuck it on a shelf to collect dust. He wrote everything from short, existentialist vignettes, several of which had been published, to haiku and senryu. Mark had recently completed his second novel, A Piece of Work, an occasionally humorous yet disturbing peek into the life of a deluded sociopath, and was in the beginning stages of seeking publication for his latest work.

Mark had been raised in and usually wrote about South Florida. He passed away suddenly on March 15, 2010, a month short of his 41st birthday.