My real name is Marc Polonsky. I’ve been writing since
I was six years old. In first grade, I already knew what
I wanted to be when I grew up, because I love setting words to paper
(and, like most writers, I also love to read). My first published
piece was in The Sun magazine in 1986—an account of
my experiences on the 9-month-long cross-country Great Peace March
for Global Nuclear Disarmament that walked from Los Angeles to Washington,
As an English instructor at Vista Community
College in Berkeley, from 1988 to 2000, I had the opportunity
to share some of the literature I love with students ages 18-67, and
to help them with their writing. (Please see some of my former students’
comments on the Testimonials
page.) In the classroom, I developed my own approach to teaching poetry
appreciation, and I wrote a textbook, The Poetry Reader’s
Toolkit, which is now published by Glencoe/McGraw Hill. (Read
an excerpt from this book.)
In 1998, I teamed up with a jobs counselor,
Ron Mendlin, and wrote a series of workbooks for ex-offenders
who are trying to survive and readjust to mainstream society after
doing time in prison. (See
an excerpt from this work.) More recently, Mr. Mendlin and I collaborated
on a book on time
management for managers (see an excerpt).
I have also published essays and articles
in several periodicals and on the Web (Please see my Writing
Samples page) and have edited numerous manuscripts. I enjoy writing
and editing in a variety of genres.
I believe our experience of life is largely determined by the ways in which we imagine, or conceive of, our world. Therefore, imagination is a key to fulfillment. Words can be, and often are, wielded in such a way as to contract the imagination, through simplistic slogans, jargon, propaganda, and so on. But words can also be used to open the doors of the mind, to light up new or neglected rooms of the imagination, and to enrich life.
Values that guide my work and my life are clarity, honesty, compassion, simple kindness and friendliness, survival of planetary ecosystems, and the continuing psychological and spiritual evolution of the human species.
I strive to uphold and advance these values in all my words and activities.