Robert Waxler is a professor of English at UMass Dartmouth. He has years of practical experience in the fields of literature, literacy, and incarceration. Putting into action his belief that "literature is the greatest tool we have in our culture to humanize society," Waxler co-founded Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL) in 1991. CLTL is an innovative sentencing program for criminal offenders that centers on a series of literature seminars facilitated by a professor. His the co-editor of Changing Lives Through Literature and the co-author of Losing Jonathan, a memoir about his son's 1995 death after a battle with heroin. Most recently, he co-authored Finding a Voice: The Practice of Changing Lives Through Literature.