Born in North Vancouver, British Columbia in 1959, Russell Thornton is a Canadian poet whose works have appeared in prominent Canadian literary magazines. Thornton has lived in several places including Montreal, Greece, and Wales, before returning to North Vancouver, where he currently lives. He studied under Irving Layton.
Thornton is the author of several books of poetry including With Our Bodies We Write the Name of Light (1994), The Accurate Earth (1997), The Fifth Window (2000), A Tunisian Notebook (2002), House Built of Rain (2003), which was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Price, and the Human Shore (2006). Thornton has been the recipient of numerous poetry prizes including first prize for the League of Canadian Poets National Contest in 2000.