Michael Bassen was born and raised in New York City, received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College (Conn) and his master’s degree from Harvard. He spent the next thirty-two years as a public high school English teacher and union official on Long Island.

In his time away from school, he’s written several stories and full-length plays (one of them a finalist in the Eugene O’Neill playwriting competition), created a number of educational games (the last being “Shakespeare’s Mind” based on Shakespeare’s sonnets), and composed a great many songs (with and without lyrics).

His first novel, The Evolution of Glory Loomis, was largely inspired by his wife (a teacher and writer) and two (now grown-up) daughters (a teacher and a child psychiatrist).