Pete Sarsfield is from Nova Scotia, where he studied English (and baseball) at Acadia University in Wolfville, with minimal external validation. He then worked as a bartender and hospital orderly, before going to medical school at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and subsequently worked as a family physician and then as a public health specialist until 2007.
Writing has been a means of dealing with competing realities since age six, including short fiction, poetry, and person-in-place non-fiction. Since the 1970's, Sarsfield has lived in Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Manitoba, northern Ontario, and now in Winnipeg, where daughters Sarah and Jan live.
Recent work has included volunteer activities, enumerating and election officer stints in Manitoba, an occasional non-productive consultantancy in health-care, and an ongoing productive time as Security Guard for the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball club.