Malcolm Carson was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. Aged 16 he moved to Belfast with his family, attending Campbell College, before returning to Lincolnshire. He was articled to a firm of agricultural auctioneers in Louth, and was then a farm labourer. He studied English at Nottingham University, and then taught in colleges and universities. He now lives in Carlisle with his wife and three sons.
He was a founder of Border Poets which has run several series of readings in the past few years with an emphasis on small presses. He has reviewed for Other Poetry and Critical Survey. Breccia, his first full-length collection, was published in 2007, followed by Rangi Changi and other poems in 2010, a pamphlet, Cleethorpes Comes to Paris, in 2014, and his third collection, Route Choice, in 2016, all from Shoestring Press.
His poems have been translated into Romanian as part of the poetry pRO Translation Café project.