Lorrie Potvin Writers in Residence Archives
Tradeswoman, artist, writer, and teacher Lorrie Potvin, a queerishly two-spirited Métis, is the author of Horses in the Sand: A Memoir. Her first book, First Gear: A Motorcycle Memoir and the essays "My tattoos speak of life and loss" and "Why I’m thankful for multiple sclerosis" (The Globe and Mail), were published under her previous surname Jorgensen, as was the short story, "The 13th Dock" in Writing At Wintergreen, an anthology edited by Helen Humphreys.
Working and teaching in the trades for over 30 years, Potvin holds an Inter-Provincial Red Seal in Auto Body Repair and Refinishing from Algonquin College and a diploma in Technological Education from the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, with additional qualifications in Manufacturing and Special Education. A citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Lorrie lives on a lake north of Kingston in the area served by the High Land Waters Métis Council where she’s lived for 30 years, building her home and creating art made of stone, wood, hide and steel.
October 31, 2022
Meegwetch, maarsii, thank you for being a part of my circle for the month of October and for welcoming me into the Open Book circle. After my initial nervousness at clicking the ‘Send for publishing’ button, ...
October 27, 2022
On Being Creative
It’s my belief we are all born creatives. As soon as I remember being a child, I felt strong stirrings of creativity. It was constant. I was always colouring and drawing, exploring the many uses of ...
October 24, 2022
For decades I’ve been cruising antique haunts and farm fields, stopping at those laden with dormant pieces of rusted equipment - harrows, cultivators, thrashers, sickle bars among them. I’m drawn ...
October 20, 2022
I met Sharon shortly after I started building my home on Green Lake. In the early times we were more like acquaintances than friends, the kind to say ‘hi’ and exchange a few words than to sit ...
October 17, 2022
My Abuser Died
Trigger Warning – Sexual Violence, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Trauma.I have pondered the title of this thread for weeks now, wondering if I should lead with a softer opening. Something like, ‘the ...
October 13, 2022
The Legend of Howard Stroud
Sometimes when I’m feeling sad or needing inspiration I think of Howard. I met Howard in 2016 when I travelled out west to research the family homestead and to walk the same land my mother did as ...
October 11, 2022
Part I 4:35 p.m.I’m just plain tired. I don’t usually write exhausted, but I want to be in the ‘best’ space to describe the chronic fatigue that bears on me. Not one spoon left today. (Spoon ...
October 07, 2022
Good morning folks,Besides reading as much as you write, the best advice I received from other writers was to observe people. To watch them, to note their body language and actions, and if you can, ...
October 05, 2022
About that Award
Several months ago, I was sent an e-mail sharing the good news from the Alumni team at Algonquin College that I was to receive an Alumni Award of Distinction for Apprenticeship. I graduated from the ...
October 02, 2022
Let's Get Started
Hello Open Book ‘ers, My name is Lorrie and it’s my privilege to be the Writer in Residence for the month of October. I’m honoured and truly humbled. I’ll pass on a big introduction as it’s ...