Nightwood is pleased to announce that Gregory Scofield has been chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence program at the University of Winnipeg for 2013. Scofield is UWinnipeg’s eighth Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence. As Writer-in-Residence, he will meet with writing students and members of the public in private consultations from January 1 until March 31, 2013.
His most recent collection of poetry, Louis: The Heretic Poems, juxtaposes historical events and quotes with poetic narrative, drawing attention to the side of the Metis leader and Canadian folk hero that most Canadians have never contemplated: that of husband, father, friend and lover, poet and visionary.
Gregory Scofield is one of Canada’s leading Aboriginal writers whose six 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 Metis community of Kinosota, Manitoba, which was established in 1828 by the Hudson’s Bay Company.