Marcus Slease is a (mostly) absurdist, fabulist, and surrealist writer from Portadown, N. Ireland and Utah. To escape the troubles in N. Ireland, his family moved to Milton Keynes, England and then, at age 11, after a Mormon conversion, they immigrated to the United States in 1985. First, a trailer park in Vallejo, California and then later North Las Vegas and Hurricane, Utah. At the end of 2005, Marcus turned in his resident alien card for the United States of America and reduced his life to 15 kilos to travel the world, live a minimalist and simple existence, and work on his art.
He has worked many jobs in many places and comes from a working class background. Some jobs include: construction worker, fast food worker, dishwasher, cleaner, telemarketer for Burpee Seeds, accidental death insurance, DirectTV, and AOL, warehouse shrink wrapper, door to door salesperson, Chevron gas attendant, and many others. For the past 18 years he has worked as an English teacher/professor at various colleges, universities, and institutes. Currently, he is a teacher of American and British literature, contemporary literature, creative writing, and academic writing at CIS Endicott International and the International Institute in Madrid.
Marcus has performed his work at various festivals and events, such as Carrboro Poetry Festival in North Carolina, Soundeye in Cork, Ireland, The Prague Microfestival in Prague, The Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, U.K. and The Parasol Unit, The British Library, The Southbank Centre, Free Word Centre, The Rich Mix, The Horse Hospital and Hardy Tree Gallery in London, U.K.
He is the author of ten books. Most recently, The Spirit of the Bathtub, Play Yr Kardz Right, Rides, and Mu (dream) So (window). His latest book, The Green Monk, is forthcoming from Boiler House Press in November 2018. His writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, featured in Best British Poetry 2015, translated into Polish and Danish, and has appeared, or is forthcoming, in many literary journals and anthologies in the U.K., Ireland, U.S., Norway, and Poland including: Tin House, Poetry, Fence, Rain Taxi, and The European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture. He has made his home in such places as Turkey, Poland, Italy, South Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom – experiences that inform his art and writing. Currently, he lives in Madrid (Spain) and is working on his first novel: The Autobiography of Don Whiskers.