Poet/Painter Joe Rosenblatt was born in Toronto in 1933.   Over the years, Rosenblatt has written more than  20 books of poetry, several autobiographical works and his poems have appeared in over thirty anthologies of Canadian poetry over his forty year career. His books have received major awards, such as the Governor General’s award for poetry in 1976 and the BC Book Prize in 1986.  Several bilingual volumes of his poetry have been published in Italian with translations by the late Prof. Alfredo Rizzardi of the University of Bologna, and Ada Donati of Rome.

Since 1980 he has been living in a beach resort community of Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island with his wife Faye  and their generational cats which are depicted in his many drawings and paintings.