I am a former Toronto teacher and writer now living in Vancouver. I worked with the late Dr. Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, with whom I published Eye of the Hurricane: My path from Darkness to Freedom (Chicago review Press, 2011), as Director of Media Relations at Innocence International and as an advocate for wrongly convicted prisoners.Now, by default, I am the director of Innocence International until our final two cases, David McCallum of Brooklyn and Sebastian Burns and Atif Rafay of West Vancouver, BC, are resolved.
Other publication credits include Songs of Aging Children (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1992) a book of short stories about troubled youth, and Taking Steam, a play co-authored with the late Brian Shein, staged at New York’s Jewish Repertory Theatre and Toronto in 1983. Life Without (Quattro Books, 2012), reflects the past ten years of work in the wrongful convictions field.
I was born in New York City, lived in the Bronx as a child and grew up on Long Island, both in Long Beach and Rockville Centre. As an undergraduate, I attended the University of Vermont and moved to Toronto in 1967 to attend graduate school (English literature) at the University of Toronto. There, I met my future wife, Mary Ellen Belfiore, and became a part of a wide friendship network that included both Canadians and ex-pat Americans.