Russell MacClaren grew up in New Orleans where he participated in organized athletics, practiced yoga, archery, fencing, lifted weights and participated in every activity healthy young men can pursue. He majored in English literature at SLC in Hammond, where his education was interrupted in his senior year by a tour of duty in Vietnam where he served honorably in the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
After his tour, Russell returned to school, served as a Scoutmaster, baseball and soccer coach, then went on the road as a journeyman electrician. He and taught in the apprenticeship program of Wake Tech in Raleigh-Durham, local 553. He is a dedicated writer and poet, has overseen poetry workshops and read on public TV in North Carolina. Now retired in New Orleans, he works with several writer’s groups and is editor for Beneath the Rainbow, a weekly newsletter for poetry and short stories.
His poetry has been published in numerous online mags, small presses and anthologies. His third personal volume of poetry, Hand in Hand—a book of love poems, is available through Amazon and Authorhouse books in black and white, color and e-book versions.
Published Works: Hand in Hand (poems for soulmates and lovers), Hard Luck Cafe, The Night the Sappers Came; many individual poems, Short Stories, notably: The Purging of Bobby Beamon, A Final Note to Mary and numerous others.