San Francisco, California, United States
Home page: www.philcousineau.net
Phil Cousineau is a writer, teacher, storyteller, editor, independent scholar,
documentary filmmaker, photographer, and travel leader. The author of 17 books and
the writer of more than 12 films, Cousineau is passionate about the art, literature, and
history of culture. He lectures frequently on a wide range of topics from creativity,
mythology, movies, and travel -- to soulful living, writing, and sports. He reads a new
book every day.
The Way Things Are: Conversations with Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life (September
2003; University of California Press), and The Olympic Odyssey: Rekindling the Spirit of
the Great Games (November 2003; Quest) are his most recent works. Other books
include Once and Future Myths: The Power of Ancient Stories in Modern Times
(September 2001), The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred,
and The Soul Aflame: A Modern Book of Hours. A book of Cousineau’s travel stories
and reflections, The Book of Roads: Travel Stories, is now available through Sisyphus
Press at www.philcousineau.net.
His other books include Riddle Me This, Soul Moments: Marvelous Stories of
Synchronicity, Design Outlaws: On the Ecological Frontier, Soul: An
Archaeology: Readings from Socrates to Ray Charles, The Soul of the World: A
Modern Book of Hours, Prayers at 3 a.m., The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell
on His Life and Work, and Deadlines: A Rhapsody on a Theme of Famous Last
Words. Cousineau worked with the drummer John Densmore on his best-selling
autobiography, Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and The Doors,
and is a contributor to twelve other books.
Born at an army hospital in Columbia, South Carolina in 1952, Phil Cousineau
grew up just outside of Detroit. While moonlighting in an automotive parts
factory he studied journalism at the University of Detroit. Before turning to
writing books and films full-time, Cousineau’s peripatetic career included stints
as a sportswriter, playing semi-pro basketball in Europe, harvesting date trees
on an Israeli kibbutz, and painting forty-four Victorian houses in San Francisco
in the 1970s. Cousineau has collaborated with and appeared with many of
the great scholars and artists of our time including mentors Joseph Campbell, Huston
Smith, and Robert A. Johnson.
Cousineau has appeared as a travel expert on CNN and The Discovery Channel. In 1999
he was an on-camera expert for BBC-2’s "Joseph Campbell: Hollywood’s Myth Master"
tribute and the Fox Network special: "Star Wars: The Legacy." He has made dozens of
other national television appearances, has been featured in hundreds of additional
radio and print interviews as well. He lives in San Francisco with his young family.
See www.philcousineau.net for more information on Phil Cousineau's schedule public
appearances, trips and more.
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Interests: Myth, Creativity, Travel, Art, Film, Sports, Culture, Soul, Writing, Photography,
Community, Ecological Design, and much more.
Published writer: Yes