Letters and Arts Society Presents Gregory Scofield
On February 17, 2011, the Fanshawe College Letters and Arts Society will host Métis poet Gregory Scofield in room D1060 (London Campus) at 2:00 p.m. for a 50-minute reading, book sale and signing.
Gregory Scofield (right) is one of Canada's leading Aboriginal writers whose five collections of poetry have earned him both a national and international audience. He is known for his unique and dynamic reading style that blends oral storytelling, song, spoken word and the Cree language. His maternal ancestry can be traced back to the fur trade and to the Métis community of Kinosota, Manitoba, which was established in 1828 by the Hudson's Bay Company. His paternal ancestry is Jewish, Polish and German and is reflective of the immigrant experience to Canada at the turn of the century.
His poetry and memoir, Thunder Through My Veins (HarperCollins, 1999) is taught
at numerous universities and colleges throughout Canada and the U.S., and his
work has appeared in many anthologies. He was the subject of a feature-length
documentary, Singing Home The Bones: A Poet Becomes Himself (The Maystreet Group,
2007) that aired on CHUM TV, BRAVO!, APTN, and the Saskatchewan Television
Network. He has served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba and
Memorial University of Newfoundland. His latest collection, Kipocihkan: Poems New
& Selected was released in Spring 2009. As well, his third collection of
poetry, Love Medicine and One Song was re-released by Kegedonce Press in
2009. He currently lives in Maple Ridge, B.C.