Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, educator, and the author of eighteen books of poetry and fiction. His recent books include Moon Baboon Canoe (poetry) and I, Dr Greenblatt, 251-1457 (short fiction). Yiddish for Pirates (novel) will appear in 2016. He received a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo and was the 2014–2015 Writer-in-Residence at Western University. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.