Michael O. Nowlan was born in Chatham, NB, on September 1, 1937. He has degrees from St. Thomas University (B.A. in 1959, Litt.D. in 2010) and University of New Brunswick (B.Ed. in 1964, M.Ed. in 1986). He spent 33 years in public education in New Brunswick, most of which time was spent at Oromocto High School. A freelance writer since the 1960s, he has published poems, stories, and articles in a wide variety of publications in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, and Australia.
Michael writes regularly for Canadian Stamp News. He has edited or written twenty books that include several school anthologies and six books of poetry. His major work was A Century of Service: History of the Knights of Columbus in New Brunswick 1904-2004.
He has merited numerous silver medals and two vermeil medals for his writing about philatelic (stamp-collecting) subjects, and he has been cited by the American Philatelic Society “in recognition of his efforts to publicize our hobby of Stamp Collecting.” He is chair of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada’s (RPSC) Geldert Committee, which annually selects the best article in the Society’s journal. He was elected a Fellow of the RPSC in 2009 and is a member of the Writers’ Unit 30 of the American Philatelic Society. Michael is married to Gertrude; they have five adult children and several grandchildren.