Joseph Mark Glazner is an American Canadian memoirist, counterculture chronicler, and crime novelist.
His three memoirs about the early years of the 1960s counterculture and the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War, include WHEN WAR IS OVER 1969-1975, (2023); CALIFORNIA 1963-1967 Spaceship Earth (2022), and LIFE AFTER AMERICA, A Memoir about the Wild and Crazy 1960s (2017).
His eight crime novels include MurderLand and Smart Money Doesn’t Sing or Dance by Joseph Mark Glazner, and Madelaine, written under his pen name Joseph Louis (and nominated for a Shamus award and the Crime Writers of Canada award for best novel).
Raised in Warren, New Jersey, he left home in his late teens and lived in Los Angeles where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology (magna cum laude) from the University of Southern California (1967) and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. During his time in California, he witnessed firsthand the early years of the counterculture, the Watts Riots, and the world’s first Love-In. He also met some of the iconic figures of that era, including poet and peacenik Allen Ginsberg, The Realist publisher Paul Krassner, Warhol superstars Edie Sedgwick and Nico, and Beatles insider, Derek Taylor.
In 1967, during the early years of the Vietnam War, America’s then-longest and most unpopular war, Glazner became one of the first war resisters to go to Canada.
During his early years in Montreal, he gave John Lennon the idea for John and Yoko’s WAR IS OVER peace campaign at the Lennons’ week-long, Montreal Bed-In for Peace (1969). While writing for Montreal’s notorious tabloid Midnight, he anonymously created one of the counterculture’s most enduring urban legends—“7 US Presidents Smoked Pot” (1970). During those early years in Canada, he was also trained as a futurist by Robert Russel, one of Marshall McLuhan’s friends and the founder of one of Canada’s first think tanks.
In addition to crime writing and memoirs, Glazner has run a think tank and worked as a journalist and editor. Between 1984 and 2004, he worked as an independent communications adviser, forecaster, and ghostwriter for senior executives in governments, corporations, and NGOs in Canada and the US.
He resides in Toronto, Canada with Joan Shirriff, his long-time life partner, and is currently at work on his fourth memoir about growing up in rural Warrenville, New Jersey.
When War Is Over 1969-1975, Flower Children, Futurists, and the Last Surprise of the Vietnam War by Joseph Mark Glazner, Toronto 2023
California 1963-1967 Spaceship Earth by Joseph Mark Glazner, Toronto 2022
Life After America by Joseph Mark Glazner. Toronto, 2017
MurderLand by Joseph Mark Glazner. Toronto, 2018
The Evan Paris Series (writing as Joseph Louis)
Madelaine, Bantam Books, Inc., New York, 1987
The Trouble with Stephanie, Bantam Books, Inc., New York, 1988
The Billy Nevers Series (writing as Joseph Mark Glazner)
Smart Money Doesn’t Sing or Dance, Warner Books, Inc., New York, 1979
Fast Money Shoots from the Hip, Warner Books, Inc., New York, 1980
Dirty Money Can’t Wash Both Hands at Once, Warner Books, Inc., New York, 1980
Big Apple Money Is Rotten to the Core, Warner Books, Inc., New York, 1981
Hot Money Can Cook Your Goose, Warner Books, Inc., New York, 1981