Salvatore Ala was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1959. He studied philosophy and literature, and has worked at various jobs. His first book, Clay of the Maker, was published by Mosaic Press in 1998. He has also published five broadsides of his work. His poems have appeared in numerous journals; and most recently, in the anthology Sweet Lemons, Writings with a Sicilian Accent ( Legas, 2004). Salvatore lives in Windsor with his wife and children.