Mark Kraushaar was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up outside Boston in Concord, Massachusetts. He has worked as a high school English teacher, a taxi driver and a shipyard welder on the Mississippi. He then moved to Wisconsin, where he has worked as a nurse since the mid-1980s. His poems are widely published and have been anthologised in Best American Poetry (2006) and Visiting Walt: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Walt Whitman (2003). His debut collection, Falling Brick Kills Local Man, was published by University of Wisconsin Press (2009) as winner of the Felix Pollak Prize, and was also a finalist for the May Swenson Prize, the Juniper Prize and the Walt Whitman Award.