Mark Watney

Mark Watney was born in South Africa and grew up there during the dark ages of the 1970’s. He immigrated to America in 1977, an age of Cadillacs, inner-city blight, and double-digit inflation. After teaching high school English in downtown LA for almost a decade, he earned a PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas and accepted a job as an English professor in the middle of Kansas. He teaches courses on CS Lewis, Great Books, and Devotional Classics, and has taken his students to monasteries, museums, and poetry readings, as well as on overseas trips to Nepal and Turkey. In between grading essays he blogs on Medium.com, journals in verse, and continues to raise three sons with his wife.