Daniel Canada's foray into the wilderness of writing began in his senior year in high school, when he entered into and won the 1982 NBC Award for amateur journalism for New York City, after interviewing NBC's news reporters Marv Albert, Gabe Pressman and Larry Varas.
After wandering about in an attempt to find the meaning of life, he found himself strongly entrenched in the New York City poetry scene, reading and performing under the name Obsidian. He also co-hosted two renown open mic poetry venues in New York City, the "Times Square Shout Out" and the "Shout Out at Ottos," from 2007-2010. As a result he and his co-host were the subjects of a documentary of NPR Radio's "This American Life," entitled "Social Engineering," hosted by Ira Glass in 2008.
Daniel Canada aka Obsidian appeared on Columbia University Radio station WKCR-89.9FM, "Studio A Series," hosted by Anne Cammon Fiero, along with several members of the celebrated "Brownstone Poets." He has also soiled his hands in a little publishing, and has been twice published as a contributing poet in the anthology "Diner with the Muse," and “The Venetian Hour,” edited by Evie Ivy and sold at St. Marks Bookstore.
He has also published three other books: “The Shaitan,” an action-packed, supernatural fiction about an U.S. Army Ranger’s desperate attempt to prevent an international terrorist from launching a devastating attack upon New York with an unconventional psychic weapon, the “Hobo Handbook: Memoirs of a Homeless Poet in New York,” the story of my five years living on the mean and unforgiving streets of New York City, while plying my trade as a poet and co-host of two amazing open-mic poetry shows, and “Zen is Now,” a compilation of nearly 30 years of his poetry. All three books can be purchased at Smashwords.