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Thunder Through My Veins

A memoir by Gregory Scofield.

Gregory Scofield

Few people can justify a memoir at the age of thirty-three. Gregory Scofield is the exception, a young man who has inhabited several lives in the time most of us can manage only one. Born into a Métis family of Cree, Scottish, English and French descent but never told of his heritage, Gregory knew he was different. His father disappeared after he was born, and at five he was separated from his mother and sent to live with strangers and extended family. There began a childhood marked by constant loss, poverty, violence and self-hatred. Only his love for his sensitive but battered mother and his Aunty Georgina, a neighbor who befriended him, kept him alive.

It wasn't until he set out to search for his roots and began to chronicle his life in evocative, award-winning poetry, that he found himself released from the burdens of the past and able to draw upon the wisdom of those who went before him. Thunder Through My Veins is Gregory's traumatic, tender and hopeful story of his fight to rediscover and accept himself in the face of a heritage with diametrically opposed backgrounds. (From Anchor Canada)

Thunder Through My Veins is on the Canada Reads 2021 longlist.

Gregory Scofield is a Red River Métis poet, writer, academic and activist. In 2016, he received the Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize, a $25,000 award given to an accomplished mid-career poet. His other books include the poetry collections Love Medicine and One Song and Witness, I Am

Interviews with Gregory Scofield

The Metis poet and non-fiction writer Gregory Scofield on his memoir Thunder Through My Veins, which has been reissued 20 years after its original publication. 13:35
Sudbury poet Gregory Scofield has won the Latner Writer's Trust Poetry Prize. It's awarded to someone mid-career in recognition of a remarkable body of work and in anticipation of future work. We reached Scofield to talk about the award and his poetry. 7:43
Looking back, Gregory Scofield says he thinks he started working out to prepare for the harder work of mining his inner self and what it means to be a man. 5:00
Sudbury poet Gregory Scofield has won the Latner Writer's Trust Poetry Prize. It's awarded to someone mid-career in recognition of a remarkable body of work and in anticipation of future work. We reached Scofield to talk about the award and his poetry. 7:43

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