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About the Author
GREGORY SCOFIELD is a Red River Métis of Cree, Scottish and European descent whose ancestry can be traced to the fur trade and Métis community of Kinosota, Manitoba. He has taught creative writing and First Nations and Métis literature at Brandon University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Alberta University of the Arts. He currently holds the position of associate professor in the department of creative writing at the University of Victoria. Scofield won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1994 for his debut collection, The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel, and has since published seven further volumes of poetry, including Witness, I Am. He has served as writer-in-residence at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and most recently the Writers’ Trust of Canada Latner Poetry Prize (2016), awarded to a mid-career poet in recognition of a remarkable body of work. Further to writing and teaching, Scofield is also a skilled beadworker, and he creates in the medium of traditional Métis arts. He continues to assemble a collection of mid-to-late nineteenth-century Cree-Métis artifacts, which are used as learning and teaching pieces. Scofield’s first memoir, Thunder Through My Veins, will be re-published in fall 2019. His second memoir, Sitting With Charlotte: Stitching My History Bead by Bead (Doubleday Canada), will be published in 2021.