JOHN BRADEN SPEERS was born in Toronto, Ontario. His father was an immigrant from Belfast, Ireland who was a self-taught architect and school teacher. His mother was an established artist from Toronto, trained in a variety of mediums, who worked as a magazine illustrator and, later in life, as an art school proprietor in Simcoe, Ontario. Braden graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours B.A. in English literature and is a certified Technical Writer. He worked as a Network Administrator for much of his adult life. He is a student of mysticism and a long-standing member of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC. He has written and published his first epic work of mystical poetry, The Wise Salmon: how we mastered The Beast and discovered ourselves,
and he is presently establishing himself as a graphic artist.
The Wise Salmon: how we mastered The Beast and discovered ourselves (Independent, 2021)