Domenico Capilongo was born in Toronto, grew up in Vancouver and Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and then returned to Toronto where he completed his education. He is a karate instructor as well as a former Ontario Karate Champion and National Black Belt Medalist. He has lived in Japan and traveled throughout Asia. He teaches high school creative writing and alternative education. In 2004, he won an honourable mention in The Toronto Star Poetry Contest and his work has been nominated for the Journey Prize. His first collection of poetry, I thought elvis was italian, came out with Wolsak and Wynn in 2008. His second poetry collection, entitled hold the note was released in the Fall of 2010. It is a wide-ranging collection unified by a jazzy, syncopated writing style—it is dynamic, sometimes experimental, often playful, yet always passionately engaged, sensual and visceral.