James Myosan Cordova received Dharma Entrustment, the beginning of formal Dharma transmission, from Melissa Myozen Blacker Roshi in December of 2013. He teaches with Blacker Roshi and David Rynick Roshi at the Boundless Way Temple, in Worcester, Massachusetts, and is the guiding teacher for the Benevolent Street Zen Sangha in Providence, Rhode Island. James is also a Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and author of The Marriage Checkup. He lives in Shrewsbury, MA.
Illustrator Mark T. Morse lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, three daughters, and pug (who may bear some resemblance to the canine companion depicted in the book). His art-making life stretches back as far as he can remember, with his first art lessons coming from his artist father. Professionally, Mark works as a storyboard and conceptual illustrator at a digital consulting agency. Reflection on the stories and conundrums of Zen often occupy his personal creative efforts. He lives in Snohomish, WA.