Mountain view in Tatlayoko Lake, BC

Kem Luther has lived in Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, Virginia and Ontario. He is a Canadian citizen and currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia. His wife, Jeanne, is an early childhood music specialist. They have two grown daughters.

Kem has seen three rounds of academic education/employment. In round one, he was a philosophy student (B.A., classics, Loyola University, Chicago, and Ph.D., philosophy, University of Chicago) and teacher (Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia). Round two was in computer science (B.A., York University, M.Sc./ABD, University of Toronto). He taught computer science for twenty years at Sheridan College and at the University of Toronto, specializing in operating systems and networks. His third round was in college administration, as the first Director of a joint program between Sheridan College and the University of Toronto. The program, Communication, Culture and Information Technology, currently enrols a thousand university/college students.

He began writing for non-academic readers in the early 1990s. Besides his books, described on this site, Kem occasionally writes for small magazines and newspapers. His essays have appeared in Saturday Night, Queen’s Quarterly, and The Globe and Mail. One of his articles, a finalist in the Canadian National Magazine Awards in 1997, was for several years excerpted in Harcourt-Brace’s student writing guide.