Rachel Poliquin - Author
Rachel Poliquin writes about animals, mostly. She has written about various remarkable creatures, including an albino wallaby, heroic sled dogs and 800 000 jars of pickled fish. But she particularly likes celebrating unexpected animal heroes --- the lowly, lumpy, common and supposedly boring. All animals are fascinating and extraordinary if you look close enough.
In a former life, Poliquin was an academic. She has a Ph.D. in the history of science and has written two books for grown-ups. Her book The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing was included in the New York Times 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, and Beaver (2015) was part of Reaktion Books' Animal Series. Her children's book Beavers (2018) was a Junior Library Guild Selection and was named an ALA Notable Book. Poliquin has also written for Science Friday, the Believer magazine and the New York Times. She curated the exhibition “Ravishing Beasts: The Strangely Alluring World of Taxidermy” for the Museum of Vancouver and the permanent vertebrate exhibits for the Beaty Museum of Biodiversity at the University of British Columbia.
Raised close to nature on an organic farm, Poliquin has a deep love of the natural world, particularly its overlooked nooks and forgotten corners --- that's where the most interesting questions lurk. She is always ready to explore the amazing world around us, and if matters get a bit silly along the way, all the better.
She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and three children.