Roger Bell was born January 28, 1949, and grew up in Port Elgin, Ontario. He taught secondary school English in Simcoe County for 27 years and lives in Tay Township, within dreaming distance of Georgian Bay. A two-time finalist in the CBC/Tilden/Saturday Night Competition, Bell is a storyteller who uses his poetry to write narratives about real life. Bell’s lyrical style is reminiscent of the Canadian poet Al Purdy. In 1997, he was the first winner of the Shaunt Basmajian Chapbook Contest for his book Luke and the Wolf.