Paul Marion was born in Lowell and grew up in Dracut, graduating from Dracut High School in 1972. He also played on a championship town softball team in 1988.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UMass Lowell and studied in the master of fine arts program in writing at the University of California, Irvine. After many years living in Lowell and being involved in the city’s revitalization, he and his wife, Rosemary Noon, moved to Amesbury, Mass., in 2018.
He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Union River: Poems and Sketches (2017) and editor of the early writings of Jack Kerouac, Atop an Underwood (1999). His book Mill Power (2014) tells the story of Lowell becoming a national park as well as the city’s notable renaissance. A book of his haiku poetry titled Haiku Sky will be published in 2019.
His writing has appeared in many publications including Yankee, Slate, The Lowell Sun, Alaska Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, and the new Bean Magazine. He is a regular contributor to the RichardHowe.com blog and maintains his own blog at PaulMarion.com.