David Koulack was born in New York City on December 21, 1938. He lived with his parents and older brother on Charlotte Street—the very street that Jimmy Carter was to later make famous by using it as a symbol of urban decay in the East Bronx—for the first sixteen years of his life. After a brief stint at Middlebury College in Vermont—highlighted by a chance to listen to a play-by-play account of Don Larsen's perfect game while in a chemistry lab on October 8, 1956—Koulack transferred to Brandeis University in Massachusetts where studying took a back seat to political action.
Protests against segregation had just started when Koulack went south to join picket lines and establish contact with students in black universities in Raleigh, Orangeburg and Greensboro. And back in Massachusetts, as captain of a picket line in front of the Woolworth's in Harvard Square he got a chance to order some of his professors around—"Keep moving and act seriously," he'd tell them. And oh yes, he remembers that occasionally a young girl would join the line, play the guitar and sing protest songs—her name was Joan Baez.
After receiving a B.A. from Brandeis in 1960, Koulack went on to get an M.S. (1961) and Ph.D. (1967) in psychology from Yeshiva University. While still in New York he did research at Downstate Medical Center and taught at Brooklyn College and then took a position in the psychology department at Washington State University. In 1968, he joined the psychology department at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and started the first sleep and dream research laboratory there. In 1977 he became a full professor. While sleep and dream research and social psychological studies of attitude change and prejudice were his passion at the time, he started to write newspaper articles and short stories and ultimately began working on a novel.
Koulack was lucky because the writers to whom he showed his early work—Carol Shields, Linda Holeman and Jeremy Larner—took him seriously and encouraged him to continue writing. In 1999 he took early retirement in order to satisfy that desire to write. More newspaper articles of his appeared—in the Guardian, The Guardian Weekly, The London Sunday Times and The Globe and Mail, among others—and his fiction and creative nonfiction work was published in a number of literary journals such as The Dalhousie Review, Matrix, Canadian Jewish Outlook, Geist, Existere and The Antigonish Review. Marvin's Novel will be published in September, 2013.
David Koulack shares his life with Barbara Teskey. They live in Winnipeg but spend two months each spring in East Sussex, where they stay in a tiny 16th century house whose windows look out on the ridges surrounding Hastings. David writes there and he and Barbara go for long walks through the lush English countryside but they return to Winnipeg in time for the start of the pickup basketball season when three generations of Koulacks take to the courts for numbers of hard-fought and fun-filled games.