Canadian author and musician Sid Marty was educated in Calgary (Mount Royal College) and Montreal (Sir George Williams University). After graduate studies in English literature at the University of Calgary, he “changed horses” and left academe to pursue a career as a national park warden in the mountains. In 1978, he resigned his position to become a full-time writer, and to advocate on behalf of wildlife and wild-land conservation. Of the many awards Marty has received over the years, two seem most relevant here. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Banff Mountain Festivals 'Summit of Excellence' Award for his literary and conservation efforts. In 2015, the Alberta Wilderness Association honoured him with its Wilderness Defender Award. Marty has written extensively on western culture and natural history topics for national magazines, and he explores those topics also in his music and published books. He has published five books of nonfiction and five books of poetry, and has also released two CD’s of his original songs. Sid and Myrna Marty live near the Crowsnest Pass in southwestern Alberta.