Couteau is a writer and visual artist from Brooklyn. In the
mid-1980s he was director of a nonprofit agency that provided
advocacy, housing, and counselling for former psychiatric patients,
in New York City. He's the author of the novel Doctor Pluss;
the literary anthology Collected Couteau, the memoirs
Letters from Paris and The Paris Journals, and
the poetry collection The Sleeping Mermaid. In 1985 he
won the North American Essay Award, a competition open to North
American writers and sponsored by the American Humanist Association.
work as a literary critic, interviewer, and social commentator
has been featured in books such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s
Love in the Time of Cholera: A Reader’s Guide, by Thomas
Fahy, Conversations with Ray Bradbury, ed. Steven Aggelis,
and David Cohen’s Forgotten Millions, a book about the
homeless mentally ill.
poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in over
thirty-five magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including
The Alembic; Anima; Arete; Bloomsbury Review; Cadillac Cicatrix;
Chrysalis; Colere; Confluent Educational Journal; Croton Review;
The European; Footwork; The Garden State; The Hawaii Pacific
Review; Heavenbone; The Humanist; The Journal of Contemporary
Psychotherapy; Lapis; Lift Magazine; New Leaves Review; The
Paris Voice; Passager; Quantum; Raintaxi; Rockhurst Review;
Spring; Venice Magazine; Versitude; West Hills Review; White
Pelican Review; Xanadu; and Z Miscellaneous.
After living in Paris for twelve years, he returned to the U.S.
in December 2000. He currently resides in upstate New York.