Out the dining room window the trees are winking yellow to orange to red. It’s my son’s first fall and he’s bright-eyed in his blue-eared hat. Time for pops to show him a thing or two about kicking the leaves.
PF Potvin is a Michigan-born writer, teacher, and ultramarathon runner whose writing has appeared in Boston Review, Slope, Born Magazine, MiPOesias, Sentence, Sleepingfish, An Introduction to the Prose Poem, and elsewhere.
Potvin is the author of The Attention Lesson (No Tell Books). He has served on the review staff of the literary journal Drunken Boat and currently reviews for ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment). He has been a visiting writer at Emory University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
He holds an MFA from Bennington College, where he received the Jane Kenyon Poetry Scholarship. He has since taught in Chile and the USA and has received residency scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center and Casa Libre in la Solana. He currently chairs the Writing Awards, serves as the Writing Program faculty discipline representative, and teaches writing at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Potvin's running highlights include first place finishes in the Silverlake 50 km, Elkhorn 50 mile, Croom Trail 50 km, Croom Trail 50 mile, John Holmes 50 km, McNaughton Park 50 mile, Superior Trail 50 km, Dances with Dirt 50 km, Jay Peak Marathon, Michigan Trail Marathon, and the X-Country Marathon.