Born and raised in the suburbs of Toronto, Laurie Kruk is currently Associate Professor of English Studies at Nipissing University. Specializing in Canadian Literature, Kruk has published scholarly essays on Carol Shields, Timothy Findley, Joy Kogawa and others, as well as The Voice is the Story: Conversations with Canadian Writers of Short Fiction (Mosaic, 2003). Her poetry has been published in over twenty literary and academic journals or anthologies, culminating in two collections. Her first, Theories of the World (Netherlandic Press, 1992), traces the struggle to move from (sheltered, suburban) girlhood to womanhood. Her second, Loving the Alien (Your Scrivener Press, 2006), deals more explicitly with adult relationships, concluding with her initiation into the joy and struggle of mothering. She lives with her husband and two daughters in North Bay, Ontario (and sometimes River Valley).
"Kruk’s subjects — expectant or exhausted mothers, daughters, and grandmothers — ultimately lead her to encounter the miraculous. In these richly textured narratives, Kruk discovers a means to counter despair with hope, honouring the complexities of a life’s immersion in 'mother time.'"
— Jane Satterfield, author of
Her Familiars and Assignation at Vanishing Point