Joe Fiorito was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario. As a young man in Northern Ontario, Fiorito worked in a paper mill, surveyed roads, and laboured in bush camps. He then became involved in community development and served as a regional consultant for the Ontario Arts Council. After this, Fiorito spent five years working with a staff of Inuit journalists at CBC Radio in Iqaluit, NWT before moving on to Regina, where he wrote, produced and directed CBC Radio's highly acclaimed "The Food Show," a weekly program about food and agriculture.
Tango on the Main is his second collection. Fiorito's first collection, Comfort Me With Apples, was also published by Nuage Editions (now Signature Editions) in 1994. It has recently been reissued by McLelland & Stewart.