Russ Peery was born and raised in Connecticut. His first profession was being a minister. After thirty years he became a professional woodworker, specializing in boxes, cutting boards, and other small items using mixed hardwoods, and often incorporating imaginative bonding techniques. Though he had written throughout his life, he did not begin writing poetry in earnest until he was in his early seventies. Now, in his nineties, he continues to write frequently, and has been fortunate to have email, and now this Web site, to share his work with a growing number of admirers. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife, Merle.