Potvin was born in Moselle, France in 1958 and raised there and in
Denmark, the U.S., and Canada, studying at Odense Universitetet,
Université de Toulon, University of Montana, University of Calgary (B.A.
1983), Queen’s University (M.A. 1984), and McMaster University (Ph.D.,
Her poems and stories have appeared in Canadian journals such as
Quarry Magazine (Best Story, 2000), Zygote Magazine (First
Place, Fiction 2001), A Room of One’s Own, CV II, The Grist Mill,
LitWit, Crash, and in anthologies like Outskirts: Women Writing
from Small Places, Visions and Echoes: Patterns of Transcendence Among
Canadian Women Writers, and Islands West: Stories from the
Coast. In 1993, she won the Edna Staebler Creative Nonfiction Award
for White Lies (for my mother) (NeWest, 1992).
Other books include
Cougarman: Percy Dewar (Trafford, 2005) and The Traveller’s Hat (Raincoast, 2003). Essays have appeared in The Ohio Review,
Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Antigonish Review, Queen’s
Quarterly, The Malahat Review, Journal of Popular Culture, Feminism and
Education, Canadian Poetry, Simone de Beauvoir Studies, Canadian
Literature, Atlantis, and Studies in Canadian Literature. She
is a regular reviewer for Event Magazine, and teaches at Malaspina
University-College in Nanaimo, British Columbia.
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