James Harbeck was born in Calgary to American parents. He grew up in Alberta, went to graduate school in Boston (where he studied drama from almost everywhere but Canada), and ten years ago moved to Toronto—a mere two-hour drive from where his parents grew up, but distinctly another country, and quite different from Alberta, too. Harbeck has published a few poems in magazines and makes his living as an editor—handling information in both Canadian and American English as well as French. He is also currently studying linguistics and learning Chinese.