MONTICELLO — Mark Spencer, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, was a presenter and panelist at the International Conference on the Arts and Humanities.


The topic was “Ghosts and the Literary Imagination” at the event in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan. 9-11.


Spencer read from his books, “A Haunted Love Story” and “Ghost Walking” and discussed the similarities and differences between creative nonfiction and fiction.


Other members of the panel included faculty from the University of Hawaii, Barton Community College and Antioch University.


Following the presentation, Spencer was asked to serve as guest editor for a special issue of the international journal Vice-Versa, published by the University of Hawaii. The special issue will focus on ghosts and phantoms in literature.


Spencer joined the UAM faculty in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University.