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Gregory Scofield won the Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize in 2016. He is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Louis, Singing Home the Bones, and Witness, I Am. A speaker of Cree, he incorporates the language into his poetry. Scofield lives in Sudbury, Ontario, where he is an assistant professor of English at Laurentian University.

Award History

Jury Citation

“For seven collections of poetry, Gregory Scofield has impressed us with his memorable lyrics and keen eye for the finer details. His forms embrace the musical, the documentary, and the experimental in a vision of risk and generosity. From raw, urban truths to the solace of Cree cadence, from the heart beat of the drum to the wax poetics of a young Louis Riel, Scofield’s range of subject, work, and style dazzles. He has courage to let us in, and the patience to help us understand. This was a tough decision for the jury to make – there are so many strong poets in this country — but in Scofield we found the perfect representation of this award — a vast and ever evolving body of work, and still so much energy for things yet to come.”
— 2016 Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize Jury (Jeffery Donaldson, Karen Solie, and Katherena Vermette)

Works recognized by WT

The Gathering

I Knew Two Metis Women



Love Medicine and One Song

Native Canadiana

Singing Home the Bones

Witness, I Am