Paul Pines grew up in Brooklyn around the corner from Ebbet’s Field and passed the early sixties on the Lower East Side of New York. He shipped out as a merchant seaman, spending 1965-66 in Vietnam, after which he drove a taxi and tended bar until he opened The Tin Palace in 1973, on the corner of 2nd Street & Bowery, the setting for his novel, The Tin Angel (Wm Morrow, 1983/ Author’s Guild, 2008). Redemption (Editions du Rocher, 1997), a second novel, is set against the genocide of Guatemalan Mayans. My Brother’s Madness (Curbstone, 2007) a memoir that explores the unfolding of two intertwined lives and the nature of delusion has recently enjoyed wide critical acclaim. Pines has also published seven volumes of poetry including: Taxidancing (Ikon, 2007) and Last Call at the Tin Palace (Marsh Hawk, 2009). His essays have appeared in journals such as The Golden Handcuffs Review and Exquisite Corpse, and anthologized in The Body of This Life: Reading William Bronk (Talisman, 2001) and Why We’re Here, (Colgate University Press, 2010). He is the editor of Dark Times Full of Light, the Juan Gelman tribute issue of The Cafe Review (Summer, 2009). Pines has conducted workshops for the National Writers Voice program and lectured for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Ossabaw Foundation, and Virginia Center, as well as a recipient of an Artists’ Fellowship, N.Y.S. Foundation for the Arts, 1984 and a CAPS Fellow, Poetry, 1976. He lives in Glens Falls, New York, where he practices as a psychotherapist and hosts the Lake George Jazz Weekend.