Mark Russell Gelade was born in London, England; raised in Montreal, Canada, and is a 30-year resident of San Francisco, California, where he lives with his wife, Colette.

In Montreal, Mark studied poetry and creative writing with Michael Harris, Gary Geddes, Richard Sommer, and others. He received a BA in English/Creative Writing from Concordia University.

In San Francisco, Mark received an MA in Poetics from New College of California, where he studied with Adam Cornford, Gloria Frym, and the late David Meltzer.

His short fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine; Southeast ReviewFiction Attic; and several other e-zines. In 2004, his short, short: The Bridge is Down, won 'The World's Best Short, Short Story Contest" judged by Pulitizer-Prize winning author, Robert Olen Butler.

Mark works in government administration, where he manages web properties for the judicial branch of California.

Mark plays bass guitar and has performed in several Bay Area blues acts, including the Nitecaps Blues Band, Eddie Neon Blues, and the Blue Pharaohs.