Born in London, Ontario in 1934, Graeme Gibson has lived in Canada, Australia, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Scotland and the U.S. He has now lived in Toronto for rather a long time. He was one of the organizers of The Writers' Union of Canada (chair, 1974-75) a founding member of the Book & Periodical Council (chair, 1975), chair of the Writers' Development Trust (1978), and president of PEN Canada (1987-89). A long time conservationist he has been a council member of WWF Canada and is currently Joint Honorary President, with Margaret Atwood, of BirdLife International’s Rare Bird Club. He is also Chairman of the Pelee Island Bird Observatory.