Acclaimed aboriginal writer Gregory Scofield speaks at Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series

Gregory Scofield
Gregory Scofield

Gregory Scofield, one of the nation’s leading aboriginal writers, will appear in the Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series on Jan. 26 from 7 to 10pm at 206 Accolade West Building.

Scofield has published several collections of poetry, which have earned him a national and international audience. During his visit to York U, he will concentrate on his collection Louis: The Heretic Poems, which brings attention to Métis leader Louis Riel and his life beyond folk hero and martyr.

Scofield has published several acclaimed works, including his well-known poetry and memoir Thunder Through My Veins. He also served as writer-in-residence at the University of Manitoba and Memorial University of Newfoundland.

scofield bookMuch of his writing is explores his own life and experience, and examines his native heritage.

Recognized for his unique reading style that marries storytelling, song, poetry and the Cree language, Scofield is a dynamic presenter. In addition to writing poetry, he is also a playwright, a teacher and a social worker.

He is a Métis of Cree, Scottish, English, French and Jewish decent, and was raised in Manitoba, northern Saskatchewan and the Yukon.

The Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series, presented by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LAPS), brings Canadian writers to campus for an up-close and personal event.

More events in the series include:

  • Feb. 9 – Colin McAdam, A Beautiful Truth;
  • March 1 – Sue Goyette, Ocean; and
  • March 15 – Aisha Sasha John, Thou.

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