Dwain Wilder, a native of a small town outside Dallas, moved to Rochester, NY, in 1970 to study Zen Buddhism. He has had a varied career as navy flightcrewmember, student of physics and American Studies, leadership roles in the Anti-Vietnam War and Civil Rights movements, itinerant builder and fruit picker, research lab technician, computer software engineer, and luthier (builder of stringed musical instruments). He holds three patents, in semi-conductor device design and musical instrument innovation.
He lives with his wife and their two dogs and a large noisy macaw, in a quaint, untidy farmhouse near a large park. He currently makes his livelihood in lutherie. Dwain’s Appalachian dulcimers are held in high regard, both here and abroad. Dwain also teaches dulcimer-building classes at the Northeast Dulcimer Symposium, in Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks, as well as in his studio.
Dwain also writes occasional essays on Zen practice. He has published poems in various periodicals and collections, and is editor emeritus of Zen Bow, the quarterly periodical of the Rochester Zen Center.