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Science, Stories, and the Poetry of Life

Who Is DWT????

David-Waltner-Toews-picture-600x800Award winning author and veterinary epidemiologist David Waltner-Toews has published seven collections of Poetry, one of which includes recipes, two books of Fiction, six books of Popular Science, and several texts and manuals on Ecosystem Approaches to Health.

From meditations on The Origin of Feces to elegant terzanelles on the meaning of life, from diseases that cats, bats, rats & chickens share with people, to what food, sex and Salmonella share with each other, DWT celebrates the whole complex mess of life.

As “Tante Tina”, he has also been known to don a dress and kerchief and to pontificate on the trials of being a Mennonite farm woman in a men’s world gone mad.

A University Professor Emeritus at University of Guelph, he was founding president of Veterinarians without Borders/ Vétérinaires sans Frontières – Canada and of the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health , and a founding member of  Communities of Practice for Ecosystem Approaches to Health in Canada . He is the recipient of the inaugural award for contributions to ecosystem approaches to health from The International Association for Ecology and Health.

Origin of Feces:

“One of the top-ten “Must-Read Think Books for Spring 2013” – Bookish.com

“One of the top-ten Best Summer Reading 2013″ – Publishers Weekly

“One of five books no guy should be seen to be reading in public” – Huffington Post

“One of five nonfiction books you should read this summer – Globe and Mail (video review)

Fear of Landing:

David Waltner-Toews is a genuine polymath. He’s a published poet, author of books on subjects as diverse as Mennonite history and exotic animal-to-human diseases. He’s a professor of population medicine at the University of Guelph, an epidemiologist, a founder of Veterinarians Without Borders and the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health. In his free time, he’s written his first mystery novel, and it’s terrific. – Globe and Mail