M. Shayne Bell received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the
National Endowment for the Arts (1991).
Bell's haiku have been published in Modern Haiku, Frogpond: Journal of the Haiku Society of America, The Heron's Nest, The Wales Haiku Journal, Blithe Spirit: Journal of the British Haiku Society, Shot Glass Journal, Tinywords, Sunstone, star 82 review, O:JA&L, Haikuniverse, and Mainichi Japan (where two of Bell's haiku were listed among the best English-language haiku of both 2015 and 2017).
Bell's poetry has also been published in The Ghazal Page, The Fibonacci Review, Cathexis Northwest Press, Kind Writers, High Shelf, Shot Glass Journal, Typishly, Dialogue, Asimov's, and Once Upon a Midnight (an anthology commemorating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven").
In 1993, Bell backpacked through Haleakala Volcano on Maui, from the summit to the sea, retracing an expedition Jack London went on in 1911. In 1996, Bell was part of an eight-day expedition to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Bell grew up on a ranch outside of Rexburg, Idaho; he and his six cats live in Rexburg.