Mark Binder is a graduate of Columbia University, where he studied mythology with David Damrosch and T. E. Gaster and storytelling with Spalding Gray. He received an MA in Theater and English from Rhode Island College, and is a graduate of the Trinity Rep Theater Conservatory. He is a former editor of the Rhode Island Jewish Herald newspaper, where he began writing his Chelm stories. Over the years, he has edited magazines, started small theaters, repaired windows, taught at schools and universities, and toured the world as a performance storyteller, spinning tales for listeners of all ages. He has written and recorded more than 20 books and audio books for adults, families and children. Mark lives in Providence with his wife and family.