RUSSELL MARTIN’s skills as a communicator in digital media, writing, and film are unparalleled. He is a seasoned administrator as well, and someone whose “people skills” are commensurate with his ability to tell a compelling story with words or images in any medium. He is affable, flexible, energetic, innovative, highly creative, and, says Kirkus Reviews, “first and foremost, Martin is a masterful storyteller.”


For four years, Russell served as president of the World Craniofacial Foundation, the only foundation in the world dedicated to transforming the faces and renewing the lives of children born with terrible head and face deformities. He directed, wrote, and produced the highly acclaimed and award-winning documentary Beautiful Faces, filmed at a Mexico City hospital, which premiered in 2012. He is a producer and co-writer of the award-winning documentary film Two Spirits and an award-winning, internationally published author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Sorrow of Archaeology and Beautiful Islands, as well as many nonfiction books.


During his tenure as president of the WorldCF, Russell managed all internal and external communications, including outreach via the foundation’s website; social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube; print and digital newsletters; promotional videos; special reports; strategic planning documents, and proposals to foundations.


He has written for Time, the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, and National Public Radio. His nonfiction book Beethoven’s Hair, a United States bestseller and a Washington Post Book of the Year has been published in twenty-one translated editions and is the subject of a Gemini-award-winning film of the same name. His books and screenplays have been optioned by Robert Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises, Dennis Haysbert Productions, The Denver Center Theatre Company, and New World Television.


His highly acclaimed book Picasso’s War has been published in seven international editions; Out of Silence was named by the Bloomsbury Review as one of fifteen best books of its first fifteen years of publication, and A Story That Stands Like A Dam: Glen Canyon and the Struggle for the Soul of the West won the Caroline Bancroft History Prize. When he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Colorado College, the citation read, in part, “Mr. Martin offers to general audiences precise and accurate, but highly readable, studies of extraordinarily complex issues. He does more: he sees beyond what is already known; he moves beyond synthesis to new insights. His work is disciplined, analytical, and creative. It is also profoundly humane.”


For two decades, Russell taught an annual course at Colorado College on reading and writing creative nonfiction as a visiting professor of English. He is a highly knowledgeable and very successful teacher across the spectrum of English language arts and has developed curricula for all nineteen courses he has personally taught.


Russell is also a nationally and internationally bestselling ghostwriter who has worked for many years in collaboration with distinguished authors to create books that are powerful, persuasive, and critically as well as commercially successful. He is known for his professionalism, collegiality, and unique ability to accurately and engagingly approximate the author’s own voice to tell stories and present information and ideas in highly compelling ways.



Professional website

Online curriculum vitae

Portfolio, excerpts from projects

LinkedIn page

Ghostwriting website

Articles at Substack

Beautiful Faces film website

Two Spirits film website









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