Joel Weishaus was born in New York. He edited On the Mesa: An Anthology of Bolinas Writing (1971). His translation of the Ch'an Buddhist Oxherding: A Reworking of the Zen Text was published in 1971. He also wrote the Introduction and Notes to Thomas Merton's Woods, Shore, Desert (1983). Weishaus was an Adjunct Curator at the University of New Mexico's Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, and a Writer-in-Residence at UNM's Center for Southwest Research. His book, The Healing Spirit of Haiku, co-authored with David Rosen and illustrated by Arthur Okamura, was published in 2004, and republished by Wipf and Stock in 2014. Weishaus' Feels Like Home Again: Collected Poems was published in 2014. Weishaus was Visiting Faculty at Portland State University (2003-09) and a Research Fellow at The University of California, Santa Barbara (2011-12). He is presently Artist-in-Residence at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA. Having published over forty book reviews, essays, and critiques, Weishaus is also noted as a Digital Literary Artist.