About Mark Nielsen


“Suspension of Disbelief” (detail), mixed-media sculpture, Mark Nielsen, 2008

This is the way the world ends, this is the way the work ends, this is the way to weekends… not with a bang but a whimper.

(apologies to T.S. Eliot)

Mark S. Nielsen is a freelance writer, teacher, filmmaker, artist, musician, Rennaissance Man and all-around pain-in-the-ass from Chicago, IL. He currently resides in Bloomington, IL with his fiancé. He attends a Mennonite church, a Catholic men’s group, funky Progressive church or secular peace and justice conferences, various writers’ workshops, a new age/holistic healing drum circle, plus any number of music, theater and political events. He’s also a big supporter of the indie music, art and poetry scenes throughout the Midwest. He mentors college students, spirituality groups, and ecumenical/interfaith co-conspirators.

Mark has worked as a documentary film director and executive, a K-8 Mennonite school teacher (theater and P.E.), a college writing teacher, a mall Santa Claus, a pharmaceutical industry IT Project Analyst, and a corporate security manager. If you have any other ideas for what to do next, he IS entertaining suggestions.

He is presently at work on a twisted Christmas pageant script, two novels, one work of nonfiction, two blogs, a business start-up, his curve-ball, and the reduction of the paunch around his midsection.

He can be reached at mnielsen34@gmail.com.

Blogger since 2006. WordPresser since 2007. MySpace refugee, April ’07. (Now where did I put those durned archives again?) . Northwestern University (BS in Radio, TV & Film) & Loyola University of Chicago (M.Ed.) alumnus. Age indeterminate…

(“I was so much older then… I’m younger than that now.” – Bob Dylan)

Warning: Shameless self-promotion ahead:

I occasionally teach a series of classes for teens, homeschool groups and adults called “Faith on Film”. I would gladly teach the class for your conference, school or church group for a reasonable fee. Additionally, I have conducted multi-disciplinary arts practicum and spirituality workshops/conferences (called Spirit of the Creator), for both youth and adults

— Email me at mnielsen34@gmail.com if you want to sponsor a single or multi-session *Faith on Film* or *Spirit of the Creator* event. I have a great deal of experience with events bridging the gaps between spirituality, music, tv, movies, fine arts, and social justice. I love introducing others to new material, especially in those areas, in a safe, nondenominational way.

I have worked in the media industry, education, and event promotion and management for over thirty years. I’ve done portions of this course for Catholics, mainline Protestants, conservative evangelicals, Mennonites, and secular students. I somehow manage to find common ground with all of them, not to mention the occasional Jew/Muslim/other looking to expand their mind and heart and community. You name the group or context, I can teach ‘em — and *without* ticking them off. Talk directly and honestly to the Spirit of God at the core of every person, and the rest just falls into place.

Oh yeah… and if you need some juggling, puppetry, or clowning for your event, I can do that, too.

I don’t, however, do windows.

The Wandering Monk (The Early Years)

“The Wandering Monk”, The Early Years. (that’s my son Graham, btw… b. 6/5/02)


  1. Thomas Merton, the early years?

  2. Are you the Mark Nielsen who graduated from Ashley High School in Gastonia, NC in ’69 or ’70? Just curious!

  3. I was four in 1969. Wish I could have been 18 in the Summer of Love, though.

  4. 🙂

  5. thanks for being here. A good voice, a good blog

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  6. nice blog. keep up the good work

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  8. I agree with everyone here. ,

  9. I am new to “blogging” and would like to subscribe to your site.

    … oh, tell me how!

    Thanks, Barry

  10. enjoy your writing! Blessings!!

  11. Mark, you are truly the renaissance man I remember. I look forward to future paths crossing.

  12. Hello, Mark! Mike Morrell asked me to contact you because he really appreciates your blog and thinks you’d be an excellent candidate for his Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info

  13. you’re a fucking idiot

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