Rachel Poliquin

is a writer and curator engaged with the cultural and poetic history of the natural world. She curated exhibits for the Museum of Vancouver and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia and is the author of www.ravishingbeasts.com, a website dedicated to the strange allure of taxidermy in popular culture.  Her cultural history of taxidermy, The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing, is due out in July 2012.

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