Steven Michael Berzensky was born on April 10, 1940 in California. He graduated with a BA in English, and came to Canada in 1965. He moved to Regina in 1973, and in 1985 took a position as the first writer in residence in Yorkton, where he lives today. He has published five books of poetry and twenty-four chap-books of his work, which has also appeared in nearly 40 anthologies and many literary periodicals. He founded the “Warm Poets for Cold Nights” gatherings in 1975, co-founded the Parkland Writers’ Alliance in Yorkton in 1985, and created of the literary page for Yorkton This Week. He has received awards from the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry in 1998 for his Variations on the Birth of Jacob. His most recent book is The Names Leave the Stones: Poems New and Selected, which was published in 2001.