Born in France and raised in Denmark and Canada, Liza Potvin teaches at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia. She attended the University of Calgary, Odense Universitetet, Universite de Toulon, Queen's University and McMaster University, and earned a PhD in Canadian Poetry. She has been published in numerous journals and periodicals.
Liza received the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction for her 1992 memoir called White Lies (for my mother) (NeWest Press). She has published a collection of short stories, The Traveller's Hat (Raincoast, 2003), Cougarman Percy Dewar (Trafford, 2005), and Dog Days (Louise Hamilton, 2009).
I translate, edit, and write in all genres. I have 34 years' experience teaching university level English literature and language in 8 countries; my specialties in teaching include Canadian literature, Feminist Theory, Renaissance literature, and Creative Writing.
I am also interested in nomadic shelter design, and had a company building tipis.
I have published scholarly articles, reviews, memoir, biography, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. I just produced my first play and am working on my first book of poems.