Don Gutteridge was born in Sarnia, Ontario and raised in the nearby village of Point Edward. He graduated from Western University with an Honours English degree and taught high school for seven years before moving to Western’s Faculty of Education. There he taught English Methods for twenty-five years. He is the author of more than fifty books: poetry, fiction and scholarly works in educational theory and practice. In 1970 he won The UWO President’s Medal for his poem “Death at Quebec.” His collection Coppermine was a finalist for the 1973 Governor General’s Award. He is currently Professor Emeritus and lives in London Ontario with his wife Anne.