Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, John P. Calu (on right) left as a young man to pursue his muse in Santa Barbara, California, where he established SongFactory — a workshop funded by Jane Fonda that led to a critically acclaimed children’s album. In addition to performing as a jazz singer and traveling throughout the Americas, he has been a California Artist in Residence, a Dramatic Arts Director for La Casa de la Raza, and a New Jersey Playwright through the Arts Council of Princeton. He currently resides in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
A lifelong Trenton area resident, David A. Hart (on left) received his Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Rider College (now Rider University) where he also earned a master’s degree in the school’s graduate program for administrators. A published author and poet, he has won several national songwriting awards and other honors. In 1985, he organized the highly successful JAM For Hunger benefit concert held at Trenton’s City Gardens with all proceeds going to famine relief. He lives in West Trenton, where he is an executive for a major New Jersey insurance company.
Calu and Hart have enjoyed a productive collaboration as novelists since 2003. Their published work includes a contemporary adventure series featuring enigmatic Garden State sites, obscure local legends, and everyday mysteries along the Jersey Shore and in the Pine Barrens. They are currently at work on a novel set in historic Princeton, New Jersey.
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