Mark Stock was born in Portland, Oregon to middle class academics who courageously sacrificed the Midwest for the rugged and fascinating Pacific Northwest. He studied journalism and played soccer at Gonzaga University before the requisite globetrotting and head-scratching of early adulthood. He trusts a long freelancing career will lead to being a published author and knows full-well that such an objective is very much a writerly cliché.
Mark has been writing for Willamette Week and Oregon Wine Press since 2007 and is always sniffing out new writing projects. He’s featured consistently in The Manual, Sip Northwest, SevenFifty Daily and Travel Oregon. His work has also appeared in Forbes, 1859 Magazine, Expedia Canada, The Drake Magazine, Slow Wine and the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, among others. From 2008-2016, Mark was the Assistant Winemaker and Director of Media for Vista Hills Vineyard, a small-batch winery in the Dundee Hills. He was then the Associate Editor at Imbibe before switching over to full-time freelance work as a creative writer. He thinks in fishing metaphors, is distracted by Scandinavia and finds long-form storytelling both necessary and romantic.
Penning stories is his specialty but Mark is also an experienced copywriter, editor and public relations guru. He’s led various writing projects for agencies like Vin and EKP Media, as well as Crimson Wine Group and 237 Marketing + Web. He likes to think of himself as a journalistic chameleon.