- MFA - Goucher College - 2010
- MS - Utah State - 2006
- BA - Bigham Young University - 2003
Russ Beck received the Frederick Manfred Award for creative writing from the Western Literature Association. He edits and contributes to both howsmallatrout.wordpress.com and Braidedbrook.com. His essays have appeared in Eat Sleep Fish and The Huffington Post. His first book is a collection of essays he co-wrote called On Fly-Fishing the Northern Rockies: Essays and Dubious Advice.