Gregory Scofield

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Gregory Scofield
Born July 20, 1966
Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Occupation poet
Nationality Canadian
Period 1990s-present
Notable works The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel, Native Canadiana: Songs from the Urban Rez, Thunder Through My Veins

Gregory Scofield (born July 20, 1966 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia)[1] is a Canadian poet,[1] whose work draws on Cree literary traditions.[2]

A Métis of Cree, European and Jewish descent,[1] Scofield won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1994 for his debut collection, The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel.[1] He has since published five further volumes of poetry and a non-fiction memoir. He has also served as writer-in-residence at Memorial University of Newfoundland[1] and the University of Winnipeg.[2]

In addition to his writing Scofield has been a social worker dealing with street youth in Vancouver,[1] and has taught First Nations and Métis Literature at Brandon University and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design,[1]

Openly gay,[3] Scofield identified as Two-Spirited early in his career,[4] later choosing to identify as gay due to his lack of training in Cree spiritual tradition.[4]

He was the subject of a documentary film, Singing Home the Bones: A Poet Becomes Himself, in 2007.[1]

Works[edit]

  • The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel (1993)
  • Native Canadiana: Songs from the Urban Rez (1996)
  • Love Medicine and One Song (1997)
  • I Knew Two Métis Women (1999)
  • Thunder Through My Veins (1999)
  • Singing Home the Bones (2005)
  • kipocihkân: Poems New & Selected (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Gregory Scofield at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ a b "Margaret Laurence classic inspires author Gregory Scofield". CBC Manitoba, March 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Interview: Gregory Scofield. January Magazine, September 1999.
  4. ^ a b June Scudeler, "Gifts of Maskihkîy: Gregory Scofield's Cree Métis Stories of Self-Acceptance". pp. 190-210 in Qwo-Li Driskill, Chris Finley, Brian Joseph Gilley and Scott Lauria Morgensen, eds. Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature. University of Arizona Press, 2011. ISBN 0816529078.