MARCUS LYONS is an award-winning writer of novel-length fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction, screenplay, and poetry, and regular columnist for The Rooster Magazine and Ark Magazine, based in Colorado. He is former Writer-in-Residence with Colorado Humanities’ Writers in the Schools program. He has worked as former professional editor for the International Freelance Writers Organization in Quebec, Canada, and as former Education Editor and Writer for The Good Men Project.
His screenplays have been considered by some of the thoroughbreds in the film industry (James Cameron, Barry Sonnenfeld, Jim Carrey, Ryan Reynolds, James Franco). His writing has appeared in The Bark magazine, New York Magazine, Over the Edge, Babel, Freelancers Union, in the fiction anthologies Pull the Trigger and Darker Times, and in the 2017 essay anthology, Aging: An Apprenticeship, alongside authors Ursula Le Guin, Judy Blume, Kate Clinton, Gloria Steinam, David Bradley, Donald Hall, Hilary Mantel, Achy Obejas, and others.
Marcus is founder and creative director for Barking Dog Media U.S., a full-service creative agency providing business and legal services to artists and creatives, as well as writing and graphic design services. He has served on the Board of Directors for a number of regional non-profits, and currently curates streaming music programs that earn more than 50,000 online listeners a week.
Marcus is Executive Director of the recently established North Dakota Centre for Writing, located in Minot, is founder of Creative Minot, a creative meet-up organization, and founded the Kent Haruf Memorial Scholarship program in 2016 in the late author’s hometown of Salida, Colorado. He also founded the North Dakota Freelance Association.
He has adapted, produced, and written award-winning stage plays for both community theater and other programs. He wrote an unaired pilot ensemble television show that was a hybrid of Saturday Night Live and Monty Python. He has mentored under screenwriter Clyde Phillips (Dexter, Suddenly Susan, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Midas Valley, Trapper John, M.D.).
He received the Excellence in Arts Education grant award from the Boulder Arts Commission for his development and facilitation of The Writers Salon, a free literary workshop that ran from 2000 until 2015 for the City of Boulder, CO. Marcus relocated to Minot, ND, in May 2018 to implement and foster literary and visual arts programming in the community.
Marcus is currently a featured poet for the North Dakota Council on the Arts’ Poetry Out Loud program and participates on the board of Minot Area Council on the Arts (MACA).
Additionally, Marcus is involved in the greater arts community in Minot where he is a graphic design artist. He is currently at work on several art and writing projects.
Marcus is a dynamic educator, teaching grades 7-12 and higher education courses on writing fiction, creative nonfiction, and entrepreneurship.
He is a member of Freelancers Union, Nonfiction Authors Association, National Paralegal Association, and the Professional Association of Resume Writers.
He resides in North Dakota with his family of dogs.