Mark’s poem ‘Hospitality’ has won the Judge’s Prize 2020 of the Magma Poetry Competition, judged by Caroline Bird.
The Winner’s Event at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden has been postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mark Russell’s full collections are Spearmint & Rescue (Pindrop), and Shopping for Punks (Hesterglock). He has also published chapbooks and pamphlets: (the book of gatherings), ا (the book of seals), and Saturday Morning Pictures (all with Red Ceilings); ℵ (the book of moose) (Kattywompus), and Pursued by Well-being (tall-lighthouse). He has given readings in various venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh, StAnza in St Andrews, the Nairn Bookshop, the Poetry Cafe in London, the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, The Derwent Poetry Festival, and elsewhere.
Mark’s poems have been published in a variety of magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Stand, Shearsman, The Manchester Review, The Rialto, Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter’s House, Molly Bloom, Gutter, New Writing Scotland, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Blackbox Manifold. His work has been commissioned by Voluntary Arts Scotland/Scottish Poetry Library, and by StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival. He has an MLitt (Distinction) in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow, and completed a year-long mentorship under the late, great, Alexander Hutchison.