Jake Kaida, author of Blue Collar Nomad, is a writer, poet, pilgrim, teacher and environmental activist who has spent time in all forty-eight continental United States and several Canadian provinces. He has had books published by several Indie publishers and is a long time contributor to the alternative press world. Kaida was a writer-in-residence for the award-winning InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit, and he has also mentored and educated at-risk youth on environmental issues through holistic programs such as The Power of Hope and The City Kids Wilderness Project.
Kaida's poems, spiritual essays and travel stories have been published in literary journals, cultural magazines, and alternative media publications. He has had two chapbooks and two books of poetry published by independent and alternative presses in the United States and Canada, including Ghost Dog Press (Ann Arbor) and Gutter Press (Toronto). Kaida has been a featured guest on many public radio shows and has toured extensively throughout North America.
Both Kaida's life path and literary work engage un-conventional modes of living and create a much needed dialog between marginalized citizens, itinerant workers, spiritual seekers, artists and the greater community. He is dedicated to helping usher in a greater sense of connection between the ecological and spiritual dimensions of life through his writings and grassroots community involvement.