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Maxwell Pearl is a facilitator, teacher, writer, and polymath who lives in Northern California. Max received his B.A. in Natural Science and Mathematics from Bennington College, and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Case Western Reserve University. Max taught at Hampshire College from 1989 through 1999, as Assistant and Associate Professor of Biology. He has been an HIV/AIDS educator and advocate.

Max has written scientific and technical articles, and his poetry has appeared in two anthologies (most published under his previous name, Michelle Murrain.) Max has also recently published creative nonfiction. Max has been writing science fiction since 2006, and has been an avid reader and fan of science fiction since he started to read. Since he has been both a scientist and a technologist by trade, and as a polymath, his interests span a wide range of topics, including science, technology, history, culture, politics, race, gender, sexuality, philosophy, spirituality, and religion.

Max holds and has held a variety of leadership positions in community, faith and activist organizations. Max is also long-time practitioner of contemplative spirituality, both in Buddhist and Christian traditions, and has a deep interest in contemplative and healing rituals and practices from all traditions. He has a Certificate of Theological Studies from Pacific School of Religion.