Aritha Van Herk
  • Aritha Van Herk

  • Date of birth: May 26, 1954
  • Born: in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada.

  • Description: Aritha van Herk is a Canadian writer, critic, editor, and university professor.Her parents and elder siblings immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands before she was born. She grew up in a bilingual home, speaking English and Dutch. In 1974, she married Robert Jay Sharp, who is a geologist. Van Herk studied Canadian literature and Creative Writing at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, graduating with a B.A. Honours in 1976, and an M.A. in 1978. Since 1983, van Herk has been teaching at the University of Calgary. She teaches Creative Writing, Canadian Literature, and Contemporary Narrative.