Mark Nepo is a poet and spiritual teacher who has taught poetry and spirituality for more than 50 years. He has moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his New York Times best-seller The Book of Awakening, with over a million copies sold. Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. 

Mark has published 24 books and recorded 15 audio projects. His most recent, The Half-Life of Angels: Three Books of Poems, contains poems written in his 50s and 60s, and is the first in a series of volumes to be published in limited editions. Other recent work includes Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Adversity, The Book of Soul (honored by Spirituality & Practice as one of the best spiritual books of 2020), Drinking from the River of Light (which won a 2019 Nautilus Silver Award for personal growth and self-help), and More Together Than Alone (cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the best spiritual books of 2018). Mark is also a regular columnist for Spirituality & Health Magazine

Mark was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation; he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and was also chosen as one of OWN’s SuperSoul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity. He appeared several times with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday, and has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. 

In his 30s, Mark was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, a struggle which helped to form his philosophy of experiencing life fully while staying in relationship to an unknowable future. He devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship.