Phil Avila has worked as editor of a community newspaper, a foreign correspondent in Latin America and on the copy desk of The Wall Street Journal. He shared in a staff Pulitzer Prize for the Journal’s coverage of 9/11. He has been a writing coach for high school journalism workshops and trained aspiring editors at the Dow Jones News Fund. After gaining experience in the mental health field, he returned to writing and contributes to SZ magazine and The Life Raft Group, a cancer-patient organization. He is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Union County Mental Health Board. He also has published a collection of poems, On the Equator. Phil lives in Rahway with his wife, Yolanda; his daughter, Michelle; and his grandson, Angel.