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“All the world’s a stage...and one man in his time plays many parts...”

-William Shakespeare

In my life I have bagged groceries, stocked shelves, tarred and shingled roofs, laid brick, and patched stone hundreds of feet above Manhattan streets. I have sold ladies shoes and been a security guard at a mall. As a 9/11 survivor and member of the Department of Buildings I responded to emergencies, inspected job sites, homes, and businesses with the goal of keeping people safe.

Working for and with people of the great City of New York has been a distinct honor and privilege. Especially when I stood before them on so many different and varied stages telling stories.

Mark D. Ransom Image


My education took place in the public school system of New York including the College of Staten Island and New York City College of Technology along with every moment spent at work or play in and around the five boroughs.

I have self-published two books of poetry:

After September

A poetic and photographic journal of my life after the horrific events of 9/11.

Rage and Calm

My adult compilation of provocative photographs and graphic poetry.

I continue to write flash fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and memoirs living in Greenville, North Carolina with my wife, Jennifer and our two rescued cats, Didi and Gogo.

“Yet dawn is ever the hope of men,”

-JRR Tolkien

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