David Taylor Johannesen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, a fifth-generation Mormon and great-great grandson of Church President, John Taylor. He grew up, and was educated from an early age, in Massachusetts, where he found the plain quietude of the Society of Friends, and lived there for a number of years with his wife, Linda. They have moved recently to Northern California with their Border collie Fallon. His children Christian, a media executive, and Helen, a restaurateur, live in New York City and Los Angeles with their spouses, Kristen and Zachary. He is also the author of the poetry collection, Vespers East and West, the short story collection, Last One Close the Gate, and the novels, The Architect and Passengers. Johannesen is currently working on his new collection of short stories, Boston Casualty. Johannesen was educated at University of Pennsylvania, New York University and Trinity College Oxford.