Mark Trechock grew up in inner city Minneapolis. He has degrees from Augsburg College, Princeton Theological Seminary and Iliff School of Theology. He worked as a Lutheran pastor from 1973 to 1992, and from 1993 to 2012 as director of Dakota Resource Council, a rural grassroots organizing project in North Dakota. He has published about 50 poems and two short stories. He has also written three substantial reports for the Western Organization of Resource Councils on problems associated with the current oil boom: "Gone for Good," "Watered Down," and "The Flaring Boom."
Mark is a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee.