Phil LaMarche was born in 1976 and grew up between New Hampshire and northern New York State. Raised with a love of the outdoors, his passion for whitewater kayaking has taken him all over the world.
After graduating in English and Textual Studies, he gained an MFA at Syracuse University and was subsequently awarded the Ivan Klima Fellowship in Fiction in Prague and a Summer Literary Seminars fellowship in St. Petersburg. His story, In the Tradition of My Family, published in the 2005 Robert Olen Butler Prize Story anthology, has been made into a short film by Now or Later Productions. He now lives in upstate New York.