Glen Downie was born in Winnipeg, worked in cancer care for many years in Vancouver, and now lives in Toronto. In 1999, he served as Writer-in-Residence at Dalhousie University’s Medical Humanities Program. He has published several collections of poetry including Loyalty Management, which won the 2008 Toronto Book Award. Tightrope Books published his collection, Democratic Beauties, in 2015. Downie’s previous two books are Monkey Soap and Left for Right.