Mark Spano is a prolific writer, filmmaker, and television producer.
As a writer, Mark has completed five works of fiction and a memoir. Through his independent publishing house, Thunderfoot Press, he released one of the novels — the murder mystery Midland Club (right) on Amazon in December 2016. Since then, critics have raved about the page-turner and Amazon Readers Comments have caused the book to maintain a 4.5 rating out of 5.
In 2018, Thunderfoot Press will publish Mark’s memoir, Kidding the Moon. (Portions of Kidding the Moon are currently available in the online literary magazine Ovunque Siamo.)
As a filmmaker, Mark’s work includes writing, directing, and producing The Quality of Light: A Biography of Claude Howell, the celebrated North Carolina painter.
More recently, he completed a definitive documentary on Sicily entitled Sicily: Land of Love and Strife.
Mark also produced “Carolina Countryside,” a weekly public television series that aired across North Carolina until the Discovery Home & Leisure network picked up the series for national broadcast. Other work includes live events, corporate marketing videos, and a wide variety of television and radio spots for retail advertising, for political candidates and as public service announcements.
Early in his career, Mark served as executive director for a Tampa Bay, Florida-based performing arts venue, where he raised the quality of national acts brought into the area by presenting national Jazz and Classical artists the rank of Chick Corea and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He also introduced a new ballet series, a Steinway piano series, and continually expanded programming for younger audiences to include acoustic pop, bluegrass, and the blues. He was also successful in attracting a non-polarized audience to general programming events such as opera, jazz, dance, and other performing arts.
At home: A Kansas City, MO., native, Mark lives in a passive solar house out in the middle of nowhere in rural Orange County, North Carolina. He shares his home with his partner and their rescue dachshund named Tommy (yes, that’s him by the window), as well as Mimi and Rosie the Sussex chickens (who live outside, just to be clear.)
Below: Mealtime with Mimi and Rosie…
“Montalbano felt moved. This was real friendship, Sicilian friendship, the kind based on intuition, on what was left unsaid. With a true friend, one never needs to ask, because the other understands on his own accordingly.”
— Andrea Camilleri
READING IN KANSAS CITY
In April 2018, Mark was part of a special reading/book signing event at the Kansas City Center for Inclusion (click here to read more about it). Here’s a little video of his presentation…