Ross Belot lives in Hamilton. His poetry has been published in local literary journals such as Hammered Out and The Tower. He started writing seven years ago by taking classes at McMaster's Creative Writing Program and credits teachers there such as Bob Neilsen and Marilyn Gear Pilling with encouraging his writing. In 2006 he was accepted into the Banff Centre's Wired Writing Studio. The result was his first poetry collection, Swimming in the Dark, published in 2008 by Black Moss Press.