the landscape of BC's interior...
.... is the starting place for my writing. There's something about the quality of the light in the landscape of lake and clear sky, I think, that induces energy.
I've lived most of my life in the interior of British Columbia, and have explored this region in my poetry and fiction. The intersection of the history, industry, food and natural features of any place interests me as a unique situation to observe and respond to.
In my writing and teaching, I focus on the observation of detail and the use of language to approximate that detail on the page.
I'm lucky to be able to write and teach; one activity informs the other to create a rich learning experience.
Two of my other passions are botany and walking. In the grasslands and Ponderosa forests of the dry interior, I'm learning about the interconnectedness of the natural world.
Karen Hofmann teaches creative writing and English at Thompson Rivers University. Her short fiction and poetry have won a number of recognitions. Her novel, After Alice, is published by NeWest Press.