Richard von Sturmer is a New Zealand writer and has published two books: We Xerox Your Zebras (Modern House, 1988) and A Network of Dissolving Threads (Auckland University Press, 1991). As well as being a lyricist for several New Zealand bands, including Blam Blam Blam, he and his partner, Amala Wrightson, toured the country in the 1980’s as the performing duo, The Humanimals. From 1993 to 2003 he lived and worked at the Rochester Zen Center, a Buddhist community in upstate New York. During that time his work appeared regularly in literary journals and anthologies. He has now returned to live in New Zealand. A new collection of his writing, Suchness: Zen Poetry and Prose, will be published by HeadworX in 2005.