Originally from New York City, Phil Wexler spent his formative years in Brooklyn before moving, as a young man, to Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. He has been writing poetry his entire adult life and has had over 180 poems published in literary magazines. His previous book-length poetry collections include The Sad Parade (prose poems) and The Burning Moustache, both from Adelaide Books, The Lesser Light (Finishing Line Press), and With Something Like Hope (Silver Bow Publishing). He has organized and emceed a number of spoken-word reading series over the years in the Washington, DC area. Most recently, Words out Loud has taken place over Zoom. Generally passionate about all the arts, Phil also works non-commercially in mosaics.
After a long career of government service as a Technical Information Specialist, Phil retired from the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program of the National Library of Medicine, an arm of the National Institutes of Health, in 2018. He has edited and authored numerous books and journal papers in the field of toxicology. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Toxicology (4th edition, forthcoming in 2023) and Information Resources in Toxicology (5th edition, 2020), as well as series editor for a monographic series, History of Toxicology and Environmental Health, all published by Elsevier. He is also editor of Chemicals, Environment Health: A Global Management Perspective (2011. CRC Press) and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Global Security: Health, Science and Policy (Taylor and Francis). A member of the US Society of Toxicology (SOT), he is a recipient of its Public Communications Award (2010) and a Trustee of the Toxicology Education Foundation (TEF).
Paperback: 116 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (November 9, 2022)