Robert Epstein, a licensed psychologist and published haiku poet, has been drawn to iconoclastic thinkers since first being introduced to Henry D. Thoreau and Lao Tzu nearly 40 years ago. Robert has been reading and studying J. Krishnamurti's writings for more than thirty years. With Sherry Phillips, he co-edited a book of selected quotations by Henry Thoreau, The Natural Man, published by Quest, which is still in print. He co-authored with Stacy Taylor a self-help book called, Living Well with a Hidden Disability, and another, just published, on facing chronic illness and pain from a spiritual perspective, Suffering Buddha: The Zen Way beyond Health and Illness. Robert edited a collection of recovery-oriented haiku entitled, The Breath of Surrender, published in 2009. Robert is currently working on a book of death awareness haiku, Checkout Time is Noon, and is editing an anthology of death awareness poems by international poets, Dreams Wander On. Robert lives with his partner Stacy Taylor in the San Francisco Bay Area.