Mark Sebastian Jordan has worn many hats in his day: radio DJ, businessman, actor, innkeeper, playwright, museum docent, theatrical director, improv comedian, reporter, composer, convenience store clerk, music critic, TV ghost expert, historian, and storyteller. But before all these things, the thread running through his life has always been poetry. He knew for sure that he was a poet when he read Walt Whitman’s “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” at age 13 and found himself at one with the boy in the poem, the “singer of a thousand songs” abruptly thrust into a life of creativity by his first understanding of sorrow and loss. Despite a few tries, he has never been able to stop writing poetry ever since. He is Old School in the sense that the words “poet” and “playwright” were once interchangeable. His poetry is dramatic and his plays are lyrical, for he seeks to unite the timelessness of the masterpieces of the past with the wild energy of life today. He lives in the rural central highlands of Ohio, where he is the artistic director of the Mansfield Playhouse. He also does pre-concert and community outreach talks for the Mansfield Symphony, and reviews classical music concerts for Seen and Heard International.