Mark Paterson was born in San Francisco and grew up in Montreal where he lives and writes. His first book, the short story collection Other People’s Showers, was published in 2003 by Exile Editions. While his fiction has appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies, Mark is also known for co-hosting the cabaret-style series Grimy Windows Variety Showcase, which enjoyed a two-year run in 2001 and 2002. Grimy Windows is best remembered for its genre-clashing inclusion of poetry-reading professional wrestlers alongside performances by local writers, musicians, comedians and filmmakers. In 2007, Paterson published a second collection of stories, A Finely Tuned Apathy Machine, also on Exile Editions.