Steve Bhaerman is an internationally known author, humorist, and workshop leader. For more than 25 years, he has written and performed as Swami Beyondananda, the "Cosmic Comic." Swami's comedy has been described both as "comedy disguised as wisdom" and "wisdom disguised as comedy." Noted author Marianne Williamson has called him “The Mark Twain of our generation.” A lifelong writer and educator, Steve started an alternative high school in Washington, D.C. and wrote a book about his experiences, No Particular Place To Go: Making of a Free High School (Simon & Schuster, 1972). In 1980, he launched Pathways magazine in Ann Arbor, Michigan one of the first holistic monthly publications in the country. His latest book, written with cellular biologist Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here (Hay House, 2009). He is currently writing a new book, Evolutionary Upwising: From Survival to Thrival.