Philip Heckscher was born in New York City in 1944 and grew up in the city and on a farm in the Finger Lakes. He spent vacations with his mother’s family in France and is bilingual in French and English. Philip holds a BA degree (1966) from Harvard University. He was a teacher in public and private schools in New York and San Francisco, and became head of the Department of History and Geography at Grace Church School in Manhattan. He has traveled, often solo, through Europe, East and West Africa, East and Southeast Asia, Haiti and Brazil. From 1996-98, he taught English in Shanghai, where he also studied tai-qi and Chinese calligraphy. Philip presently lives with his spouse on Mt Desert Island, Maine, where he occasionally teaches Chinese calligraphy at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.