Marc Lowe

Location Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Professor/musician

About Me

Marc Lowe is a university professor, a published writer of fiction, a songwriter and lyricist, a musician/multi-instrumentalist, and many other things. Recently, he has been working a lot with a collaborator on video work as well. Marc is hoping to write some new fiction this year, as it has been a while since he has published anything. However, some of his work is still available to read online, both here and at select journals, and two short story collections are still "in print" on the web via Apple Books and ISMs Press. See his website for links (under the "Writing" tab).

Why do you write?

Why does anyone do anything? For me, it's necessity, like food, sleep. I create, therefore I am. (The same is true of music, video, and all other creative work).

Any favorite authors? Books?

Ever-changing/evolving. Some favorites include: Alain Robbe-Grillet, Kobo Abe, Franz Kafka, the Surrealists (Breton, Crevel, et. al.), Marie Redonnet, Thomas Bernhard, Georges Simenon, Brian Evenson, J.L. Borges, Adolfo Bioy-Casares, Yoko Tawada, Angela Carter, Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, Sherwood Anderson, Patricia Highsmith, Jim Thompson, etc. etc.

Marc Lowe's Wall

Berit Ellingsen – May 29, 2011

Have enjoyed your stories from Japan a lot, espcially the writer hermit's hovel and the crab claws. Thank you so much for the kind comment on Repatriation.

Roberta – May 29, 2011

Thank you for the comment on 'Musica.' It's very loosely based on the myth of La Loba - 'The Wolf Woman.' (When one's tired, if very lucky they may encounter La Loba in the desert, and she breathes life back into their bones. Something to that effect.) - Apparently there's a version of that tale in most countries myth/folklore. I'm glad it read as faintly universal or familiar.

Penny Goring – May 29, 2011

Ah, you said it - & in public! Someone else said it via message earlier today. xxx

Misti Rainwater-Lites – May 10, 2011

Hi Marc! I love your comments on Wrong Nail Polish. Thanks so much.

Linda Simoni-Wastila – May 08, 2011

Marc, thanks for reading/commenting on WHITE and Unintended Consequences. You give good comment ;^) Looking forward to reading your words. Peace...

Susan Tepper – May 07, 2011

Dear Marc, thanks for such an indepth read of In Unison and your comments. It is tragic, was written during a tragic period in my life. Thankfully that has past and I got at least one good poem out of the ordeal. I see you are in Japan. It has suffered greatly. I used to go there when I was a tour guide. Have a photo of Kamakura Buddah on the fridge. He's very spiritual. Take care!

David Ackley – May 07, 2011

Thanks, Marc for your comments on "Consolations...,"and "2011, What I Wanted." My son just finished his doctorate in lit at Brown.

Roberta – May 04, 2011

Thank you very much for the comment on 'The Arms of the Forest.' It's drawing on the bare bones of some of The Sleeping Beauty story (so, yeah: Brothers Grimm.) Some details I changed, but mostly I was working with the idea that in the original the protagonist is passive and very much at the mercy of her story. I wanted to make her more active within it - play around with her relationship to the narrative and to the forest itself.

Jarrid Deaton – May 03, 2011

Hey, Marc. Big thanks for reading "A Story" and for the kind words.

Roberta – May 03, 2011

Thank you v. much for the comment on 'Blind' :)

Misti Rainwater-Lites – May 02, 2011

Hi Marc! Thanks for liking my latest.

Linda Simoni-Wastila – Jul 11, 2010

Marc, thank you for reading Survivor and the Cutting Edge. I'm honored. Peace...

Linda Simoni-Wastila – Jul 09, 2010

Just wanted to tell you I enjoyed The Truth, it has an unusual, almost surreal tension that made me come back for another serving this am. Laughter at the end is the release of the tension at the karmic realization. Good stuff. Peace...

Roberta – Jun 15, 2010

Hi Marc,

Thanks very much for the comment on my story. (It's not actually meant to make sense - hence a Shiva plus a wake, and a pyre plus a drowning...But it may be that that works against it.)

Your name is familiar to me, so I'm thinking I may have read some of your writing in Sein Und Werden if you've had writing in there before?

And now I'm going to read some more of it.

James Lloyd Davis – May 26, 2010

Thanks, Marc, for your comments on "Zen Society of Cleveland." Now, stop the runaway horses, eh?

Shelagh Power-Chopra – May 22, 2010

I chainsmoke, drink a fifth of bourbon and watch spaghetti westerns - only thing that works for me. Just kidding of course, in actuality I tend to be very sober, some alcohol is okay while writing but not too much, can't listen to music at all, don't smoke anymore and write on a laptop at the kitchen table, no dusty garret plastered with Rimbaud posters for boring, no?

J.B. Lacombe – May 02, 2010

Marc, thank you for reading my story "Eggshells" and for your comment. I'm glad you liked the story! I just downloaded your ebook and read your "Eggshells". Well done! I love your sharp images, especially the description of the wife's bangs in her face and the whole end paragraph. Also, the mundane conversation really made me laugh. The story in general is hilarious but also deep. I look forward to reading the rest of your book.

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 02, 2010

Thank you for reading and commenting on Otherworld. Its part of a series, a chapbook I'm working on. Its based on my Peace Corps experience in Armenia.

I noticed that you are a second year MFA student at Brown. I'm starting my MFA at Fairfield University in December. I see, too you are teaching at Brown. Do you have an MA and PhD? Or having/working on an MFA is sufficient to teach at a university/college?

Louise Norlie – Jan 24, 2010

Hi Marc:

Thanks again for the invite. I'm going to update with my famous profile pic now. :)

LynnAlexander – Jan 18, 2010

Glad to see you here, Marc.

LynnAlexander – Jan 18, 2010

Glad to see you here, Marc.

vera zubarev – Dec 23, 2009

Good to hear from you, Marc!!

Cynthia Reeser – Nov 10, 2009

Welcome, welcome, Marc! Good to have you with us over at the Prick of the Spindle group.

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