Susan Perly has worked as a journalist, war correspondent and radio producer for the CBC. In the early ’80s her Letters from Latin America for Peter Gzowski’s Morningside reported from locales such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Chiapas. Perly is the author of the jazz novel Love Street, and her short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. During the Iran–Iraq war she broadcasted Letters from Baghdad. Death Valley is a meditation on war and social order. She lives in Toronto with her husband, the poet Dennis Lee.