PHIL COUSINEAU is an author, editor, teacher, adventure travel leader, photographer, and documentary filmmaker. His life-long fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him on journeys around the world. He lectures frequently on a wide range of topics from creativity, mythology, mentorship, and soul to pilgrimage and community work.
Born at an army hospital in Columbia, South Carolina in 1952, Phil Cousineau grew up in Wayne, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. While moonlighting in an automotive parts factory, he studied journalism at the University of Detroit. Before turning to writing full-time in 1984, his peripatetic career included stints as a sportswriter and photographer, playing basketball in Europe, harvesting date trees on an Israeli kibbutz, and painting forty-four Victorian houses in San Francisco.
In November 2003, Quest Books released The Olympic Odyssey: Rekindling the True Spirit of the Great Games by mythologist and life-long athlete Phil Cousineau. The book has since captured the attention of the US Olympic Committee, who, we are pleased to announce, has purchased copies that they will give to members of the US Olympic Team. The US athletes will be bringing our books to Greece with them for the Summer 2004 Games! A portion of these books will also be given to the athletes of the US Special Olympics.
His best-selling books, Once and Future Myths and The Art of Pilgrimage, are his most recent works. He has authored many more, including the winner of the 1991 Fallot Literary Award, Deadlines: A Rhapsody on a Theme of Famous Last Words. His books have been translated into seven languages. Moreover, he is a contributor to sixteen other books, one of which was a collaboration with John Densmore on his best-selling autobiography, Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and The Doors.