Carl Dow

Image: Water-colour portrait of Carl Dow by the late Lena Endicott.
Portrait of the author, by the late Lena Endicott.

Carl Dow is an experienced writer/editor. As a journalist with such publications as The Globe and Mail and the late Toronto Telegram and Montreal Star, he received a number of recognitions, including a nomination for a National Newspaper Award. While writing for national magazines, Alan Walker, then managing editor of The Canadian, said that Carl Dow was considered one of the top ten writers in the country.

Carl Dow has edited tabloid and broadsheet dailies and weeklies, and monthly magazines. He has written for television and radio and has been on camera and behind the microphone. As youth editor of The Montreal Star he was the first newspaper columnist in North America to praise The Beatles, while others were disparaging them. He also worked as associate editor for Harvest House, a privately owned academic publisher. Outside of journalism and publishing, his gainful employment has included labourer in farming and in new-housing construction, sub-contractor in new-housing floor and wall tile installation, cost accountant and truck driver. With all this, however, his all-time favourite employment was the eight years he spent as a part-time school bus driver while writing this collection of short stories and several novels (coming soon from The BumblePuppy Press).

Until recently, he kept his hand in journalism as editor and publisher of True North Perspective on Second Thought. The online news magazine is currently on hiatus, but is archived at”.

He is the proud father of two sons, Geoffrey and Thomas, in order of appearance, both of whom are writers and editors in their own right.

He doesn’t spend much time there, but you might be able to find him on Facebook.

Carl Dow lives in Ottawa. He does not have a cat.