Mark Russell was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Somerset, England. He has a first in Drama and English, and a Masters in Theatre Studies. He has worked as a lecturer in Theatre Arts, a journalist, and a secondary school teacher of Drama. His plays have been produced in Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews, and his poems published in various magazines, including The Rialto, Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter’s House, Molly Bloom, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Blackbox Manifold. In 2017 he was commissioned by Voluntary Arts Scotland/Scottish Poetry Library to work on their My Time project with the theatre group Performance Collective: Stranraer. In 2016 he was commissioned to write for StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. He has an MLitt (Distinction) in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow, and completed a year-long mentorship under Alexander Hutchison.
His full collections are Spearmint & Rescue (Pindrop), and Shopping for Punks (Hesterglock). He has also published chapbooks and pamphlets: ℵ (the book of moose) (Kattywompus); ا (the book of seals), and Saturday Morning Pictures (Red Ceilings); Pursued by Well-being (tall-lighthouse).