Russell taught creative writing at Algonquin College in Ottawa and at the Nova Scotia community college for 15 years. He published two textbooks on Writing Fiction; The Way of The Story, Part One and Part Two in 2000 for use in his classes.
Russ was managing editor for A Drop in the Ocean and Jilted Angels; both anthologies by Nova Scotian authors. He received a third place award at the 29th Annual Atlantic Short Story Writing Competition in 2006.
His story, “About Face” was published in The Vagrant Revue of New Fiction in 2007. Another short “Father Mooney’s Christmas Surprise” was published by Nimbus in 2008.
Russell is happily married to artist Susan Feindel and they live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.