Michael Rowe is a writer, a medical sociologist, and the author of five books. For a time, he ran social services agencies for people who were homeless, had been incarcerated, or were otherwise pushed to the margins of society. At the same time he was writing, acting in, and directing plays. He then pursued a Ph.D. in sociology while running a mental health ‘homeless outreach’ project, which became the topic of his dissertation and later, his first book.