David Paul, a Seattle-based writer, overlapped with Craig as an undergraduate at Carleton College and then went on to earn an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Ph.D. from Princeton. Originally trained as a political scientist, David has authored or co-authored six books and many articles, ranging across territory that includes language and culture, politics and history, film criticism, fiction, software documentation, and the Internet. His translations of poems by a young Algerian, Nina Ould-Ali, appeared in The Raven Chronicles and the collection Poetry in Praise of the Islamic Woman. He has won awards from the Seattle Arts Commission and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. He has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, and a scholar in residence for the Washington Commission for the Humanities and the Washington State Arts Commission.
As editor or ghostwriter, David works with authors on subjects that include business strategy, information technology, self-improvement, religion, and personal memoirs. He worked with Craig Rennebohm previously to develop A Ministry of Presence, a booklet used as a text in church workshops on ministering to people who are homeless and mentally ill. In a past career, David taught political science and international studies at Princeton and the University of Washington (Seattle).