John Rives was born in 1958 in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, of American parents. He attended the University of Toronto from 1976 to 1983 and received undergraduate degrees in Geology and History. From 1982 to 1992 he served a life sentence at Millhaven and Collins Bay penitentiaries. Imprisonment exposed him to the shadow side of Canadian society, and led him to write poetry which attempts to uncover the indelible humanity of all prisoners. He is currently on life parole in Kingston, Ontario.
Room at the Inn, which appears in this collection, was awarded 1st Prize for Poetry in 1991 by the Prison Arts Foundation. His fiction and articles have appeared in both Christian and secular periodicals.
Shackles and Silence is his second book of poetry. His first, Dead Time: Poems from Prison, was published in 1989.
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