Paul Pines grew up in Brooklyn around the corner from Ebbets Field and passed the early sixties on the Lower East Side of New York. He shipped out as a merchant seaman, spending 1965-66 in Vietnam, after which he drove a taxi and tended bar until he opened The Tin Palace in 1970, the setting for his novel, The Tin Angel (1983). Redemption (1997), a second novel, is set against the genocide of Guatemalan Mayans. My Brother’s Madness (2007) a memoir, has recently enjoyed wide critical acclaim.
Pines has also published seven volumes of poetry. He has translated and published poems by Nicanor Para and Roque Dalton, and edited a tribute to Argentine poet Juan Gelman in the summer issue of The Cafe Review (2009).
Paul Pines lives in Glens Falls, New York, where he practices as a psychotherapist and hosts the Lake George Jazz Weekend.
--extracted from Paul Pines' website