Mark H. Massé


A widely published freelance author since 1978, Mark H. Massé has written for international, national and regional periodicals, including The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Hemispheres (United Airlines), Writer’s Digest, The Writer, Men’s Health, Golf Journal (U.S.G.A.), Catholic Digest, Midwest Living and Modern Short Stories, among others. In 2004, Indiana University Press published his narrative nonfiction account of social activism, Inspired to Serve: Today’s Faith Activists. The book is listed in the "Selected Historical Bibliography" of Norman H. Sims' 2007 book, True Stories: A Century of Literary Journalism. The bibliography includes notable 20th- and 21st-century authors: John Hersey, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, Joan Didion, John McPhee, Tracy Kidder, Jane Kramer, Susan Orlean and Mark Bowden.

Massé's second book-length work of literary journalism, Trauma Journalism: On Deadline in Harm's Way, was published in October 2011 by the Continuum International Publishing Group (New York, London). The narrative nonfiction work features compelling stories of journalists worldwide who cover conflict, crisis and tragedy, examining the emotional impact of their trauma reporting on victims and themselves. Trauma Journalism: On Deadline in Harm's Way chronicles an emerging era of activism with detailed accounts of reporters, researchers, and trauma experts engaged in a collaborative effort to transform the news media through education, intervention, and advocacy. An excerpt from the book (Chapter 2: "Transformer") won the American Psychoanalytic Association's 2012 Award for Excellence in Journalism. Past award winners include The New York Times, New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. The Award for Excellence in Journalism recognizes professional reporting of outstanding merit that contributes in an exceptional way to the public understanding of psychoanalytic and psychological principles and phenomena.

Massé's third book-length work of literary journalism, Vietnam Warrior Voices, extended profiles of Vietnam War veteran-authors: Philip Caputo, Tim O'Brien, Robert Olen Butler and John Del Vecchio, was published in March 2017. In spring 2015, Massé's narrative nonfiction profile of Philip Caputo and the impact of post-traumatic growth in his creative life was first published in the literary journal River Teeth.

Publication is pending for Massé's third novel, Honor House, a gritty drama and redemption story about a burned-out journalist who confronts an ex-frat brother-turned politician about his sex crimes on campus decades ago. Set in 2012, with flashbacks to the 1970s, this novel explores the dark side of contemporary college life. The prologue and first chapter are featured on the "Books" page of this website. In fall 2017, Massé completed his fourth novel, Shank, a dark comedy and work of magical realism about an aging Mafia chieftain and his unlikely protégé.

In summer 2013, Massé published his second novel, Whatever Comes, an endearing tale of an aspiring Irish-American writer (Max Galway) in 1970s Cleveland whose dreams of success are stymied by an unholy trinity of family, work and romantic fiascoes. Similar in tone and treatment to Joshua Ferris' Then We Came to The End and John Irving's The World According to Garp, the novel chronicles twenty-something Max Galway's rocky road journey from sentimental fool to enlightenment. Massé previously had received an individual artist grant to write Whatever Comes from the Indiana Arts Commission.

His first novel, Delamore’s Dreams, a family saga set in a gritty metro New York town in the 1960s, was first published in 2005. A new edition was published in 2013. In this uplifting coming-of-age story, a wayward son and his estranged hard-luck father strive for respect, reconciliation and the strength to prevail.

Massé has written chapters in several nonfiction collections, including River Teeth (2009), Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Golf Book (2009), Nobody's Father (2008), Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing (2005) and The Writer’s Handbook (1996). In the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Magazine Writing Competition (2010), his short story “Cotton Candy” received honorable mention in the Mainstream/​Literary category, which had more than 1,000 domestic/​international entries.

Massé is a member of the Authors Guild, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). He is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Educators. Massé is a tenured professor and founding director of the Journalism Writing Center in the Department of Journalism at Ball State University (BSU), Muncie, Ind. In 2006, he established a master’s degree program emphasis in literary journalism. Prior to joining the faculty at BSU in 1996, he taught as an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) at the University of Oregon, where he received his master’s degree (with honors) in 1994, specializing in literary nonfiction. Massé received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1974.

Massé has more than 40 years’ professional communications experience. He began his career as a governmental policy planner and public affairs specialist. He worked for major Cleveland advertising/​public relations agencies and directed marketing/​strategic planning for a Northeast Ohio career center, specializing in issues management and crisis communications.

In 1988, Massé established his executive writing and consulting firm, Words that Work. From 1988-92, he published newspaper and magazine articles, wrote corporate speeches and advised public- and private-sector clients, including Bank One, AGA Gas, Inc., LTV Corp. and the Ohio Department of Education. In 1992, he entered graduate school at the University of Oregon. Massé has lectured at national and state conferences and universities on the teaching of writing, literary journalism, public relations, strategic planning and issues management. He has received national, regional and local awards for his work in the communications industry. A native of Westchester County, N.Y., Massé is married and a stepfather of three adult sons. His wife, Michelle, is a case manager at A Better Way domestic violence shelter, Muncie, Ind.


Biography, History
Extended profiles of Vietnam War veteran-authors Philip Caputo, John Del Vecchio, Robert Olen Butler and Tim O'Brien, focusing on the role of post-traumatic growth in their creative lives. "If I were still teaching a Vietnam War literature course, I would use this book as an introductory text. It would work well for that purpose." (David Wilson, The VVA Veteran, national magazine of the Vietnam Veterans of America)
An endearing tale of an aspiring Irish-American writer in 1970s Cleveland and his sentimental fool's journey to find love and success.
A 1960s family saga set in a gritty metro N.Y. town.
“Delamore’s Dreams stands alone.”
(The Westchester County [N.Y.] Times)
A story about an ill-fated affair between a hopeless romantic and his old girlfriend.
“Now Mark Massé has written a fascinating and fact-filled account of how 'trauma journalism' finally is being recognized and treated from the classroom to professional newsrooms.” (Steve Bell, former ABC News correspondent/anchor)
Chronicles the lives of American social reformers from several faith traditions.
“Powerful, real-life stories … .” (Ronald J. Sider, Evangelicals for Social Action)