Merle Fischlowitz is a second-generation American, but he has a long acquaintance with immigrants to the U.S. He is married to an immigrant, the father of an immigrant, and has maintained friendships with New American citizens from many lands. Merle has written poetry for over 50 years, and enjoys using poetic imagery and his knowledge of history to tell stories of New Americans.
Merle is a graduate of Grinnell College in History, and holds a doctorate in Counseling from St. Louis University. He had an extensive career in education and counseling, having lived in Missouri, Maryland, Hawaii and California.