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is a freelance writer, documentary filmmaker, independent scholar, worldwide lecturer, storyteller, and creativity consultant. His life-long fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him on many journeys around the world. He lectures frequently on a wide range of topics--from mythology, film, and writing, to beauty, travel, sports, and creativity. His thirty plus published works include several bestsellers, such as The Art of Pilgrimage
, The Hero’s Journey: the Life and Work of Joseph Campbell
, Stoking the Creative Fires
, and Once and Future Myths
. His most recent books include The Art of Travel Journal
, The Oldest Story in the World
, and Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement and Reconciliation
, which is now being used to help returning war veterans and prisoners, and Burning the Midnight Oil
which was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition.
Cousineau also has over twenty documentary film credits including The Hero’s Journey: The Life and Work of Joseph Campbell
, Ecological Design, Wayfinders: A Pacific Odyssey
, and Forever Activists: Stories from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
, which was nominated, in 1991, for an Academy Award.
Cousineau grew up just outside of Detroit, once known as the "Paris of the Midwest," where he moonlighted in a steel factory while studying journalism at the University of Detroit. He has been invited to lecture at distinguished venues such as the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University; Syracuse University, Pacifica Graduate Institute; the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, the American Film Institute, and the TEDx Conference, in San Jose.
Since 2009, Cousineau has been the host and cowriter of the much-acclaimed series "Global Spirit," which is currently running on PBS and is presented each week by John Cleese. The journalist Bill Moyers has written, "The discussions on the 'Global Spirit' series are sorely needed in this dispirited and disenchanted world. In many ways it is more important than journalism today." Cousineau is also a guest host on the legendary radio series “New Dimensions Radio,” which is broadcast on over 300 stations across the country.
He is a Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, a Board Member of Sacred Sites International, and a member of the Author’s Guild. He lives with his family on Telegraph Hill, in San Francisco.