Rienzi Crusz was born in Sri Lanka, and immigrated to Canada in 1965; he is now a Canadian citizen. He has a B.A. from the University of Ceylon, a B.L.S. from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. from the University of Waterloo. He was a Colombo Plan Scholar to the University of London, England in 1951. He was a Senior Reference and Collections Development Librarian at the University of Waterloo from 1966-1993. He has 12 books of poetry published on themes of love, the immigrant experience, animals, spirituality, Sri Lanka, bandits and heroes.