Larissa Lai



Artist, Author, Curator, Educator, Writer


Larissa Lai was born in California, grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and has lived in Ottawa, Vancouver, and Calgary. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. (Hon.) in Sociology in 1990. In 2001, she completed an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in many literary journals. She is also an accomplished editor and curator. Lai completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of Calgary in 2006. Her dissertation is entitled: The “I” of the Storm: Practice, Subjectivity and Time Zones in Asian Canadian Writing. Lai was an assistant professor of Canadian literature at the University of British Columbia and later a Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing and an associate professor in the English Department of the University of Calgary. In 2020, she was awarded the Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize by the Lambda Literary organization. As of fall 2023, Lai is a professor at the University of Toronto.

Toronto Metropolitan University, 2023

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