I grew up in Dallas, spent a liver’s worth of time in New Orleans, and enjoyed many valuable years playing in rock bands such as the '80s pop band Safety in Numbers. When I could no longer tolerate dyeing my hair to look like I was Youthful, I turned to arts journalism. Since 1997, I've been a writer for The Day newspaper in New London, Connecticut. I am the author of two whimsical nonfiction books, Louisiana Music and Texas Music, both of which sold hideously but provided advance-funded periods of great fun while I wrote on location.

I'm married to Eileen Jenkins, and we’ve had a succession of wonderful dogs including the late greyhounds, Puppy Brown and Moosie, and the marvelous Catahoula Leopard Dog mix, Gumbo.

My spirit ebbs and flows with the fortunes of the New Orleans Saints and Boston Red Sox.

In memory of Gumbo, the First Official Dog of Rick Koster World:

And welcome Virgil, the Second Official Dog of Rick Koster World: