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I grew up in Texas and California, and am a dual Canadian/US citizen, having spent most of my adult life in Toronto and Vancouver. I received a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and have worked in clinical and research labs, most recently as a project manager at the Genome Sciences Centre of the BC Cancer Agency. I am a poet and a 2010 graduate of The Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University.

My poetry has appeared in Canadian literary magazines, including Scrivener, NeWest Review, Waves, Poetry Canada Review, and Poetry Toronto. Some of my poems have been included in anthologies New Voices (Mosaic Press 1984), From Sinai to the Shtetl and Beyond: Where is Home for the Jewish Writer? (Hamilton Jewish Literary Festival 2009), emerge (Simon Fraser University Writer's Studio 2009), and The Bagel Bards Anthology #6 (Cambridge, MA 2011). One of my poems, "Arguing About Israel," has appeared on the web site for Canadian Poets Against War. In recent years, I have had poems accepted in The Toronto Quarterly (Canada), Wilderness House Literary Review (US), Ibbetson Street Magazine (US), Vox Poetica (US), The Sow's Ear Review (US), Cider Press Review (US), The Muddy River Review (US), and Popshot Magazine (UK).

I have written a suite of poems, "Randonnées," about living in Grenoble, France that was a finalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) literary award for poetry in 2009 and shortlisted for the Exile Quarterly Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition (Best Suite of Poems Category) 2013.

I co-edited and published a volume of French poetry, Poèmes sur Mesure, by my late husband, Alain Fournier.

My immediate family is my husband, John Bechhoefer, who is a physics professor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, and my daughter, Ariel Fournier, who is a journalist.