Russ Westwood was born in Moab Utah and grew up in Utah, Idaho and Oregon. He and his wife Marge have lived in Mesquite NV since January, 2000. He is a retired Firefighter/Paramedic and has been involved with Cowboy Poetry since 2008. He has been a member of the Mesquite Cowboy Poet's Group and the Cowboy Poet's of Utah since 2010.