Russell Potter

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B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1983
M.A., Syracuse University, 1987
Ph.D., Brown University, 1991


Dr. Russell A. Potter


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Biographical Note

Russell A. Potter was born in Cleveland, Ohio; his poetry and essays have appeared in The Goddard Review II, Postmodern Culture, Nomad, and The New Orleans Review. He has written extensively about the nineteenth-century fascination with the Arctic, and his work was featured in the 2005 episode of PBS's NOVA series, "Arctic Passage: Prisoners of the Ice." He has lectured in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Britain; his most recent book, Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture, 1818-1875 was published in 2007 by the University of Washington Press.

He earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1991, and is currently Professor of English and Media Studies at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island.

Publication Type(s)

Fiction, Non-Fiction

Latest Publication Title

Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-year Search

PYG: The Memoirs of a Learned Pig, Canongate Books, 2011 (forthcoming)

Publication Excerpt

This, the world's first 'pigaresque' novel, is the beguiling and charming memoir of Toby, an exceptionally gifted pig who escapes the butcher's knife, gains an education and becomes the most famous animal of his time. Forthcoming from Canongate Books in the UK in November 2011.

Additional Publications

Arctic Spectacles, University of Washington Press, 2007

How Did Evergreen Help You in Your Career?

Evergreen has been fundamental to everything I have done since, as an educator, writer, parent, and citizen. Its interdisciplinary approach is one that I still follow today in the way in which I design and teach every class.