Gaylord Doldwas born in Kansas and raised in southern California. He graduated from the University of Kansas, the University of California, and the London School of Economics.
Dold is the co-founder and managing editor of Watermark Press, which published regional authors like Thomas Fox Averill's Seeing Mona Naked, as well as writers from all over the world. Watermark bookLeaving Las Vegas, by John O'Brien later became a film directed by Mike Leigh, starring Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth Schue.
Dold has taken time off to travel and write books in the Caribbean, the South Pacific and the Western Rockies.