Mike Catalano grew up in Santa Cruz, California. He learned tracking and an appreciation of nature as part of the California Ecology Corps in the early 1970s. He earned a ministerial degree from Berean College (now Global University) in 1986. From 1995 to 1998, he was editor of Melting Trees Review, a poetry journal in Montgomery, Alabama. He has had over 400 poems published world-wide, including France, Guam, South Africa, Canada, and Great Britain. He is the father of a son, Abe; two daughters, Suzanne and Tammy, and a grandson, Julius. He lives in Aromas, California at Red-Tail Ranch.