"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Poetry Reading at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival – Profile of Libby Schofield

One of the exciting events that will take place at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival on 8 August 2015 will be a morning poetry reading with Joanne Light, Chad Norman, Andrew Daniel Patterson and Libby Schofield. This post is a profile of Libby Schofield. 


Libby Schofield is a blogger and author from a small community in mainland Nova Scotia. She currently resides in Halifax where she studies at the University of King’s College. She has been writing poems and short stories for as long as she can remember, and is usually working on one novel idea or another. Her work has appeared online, in magazines, in three Canadian anthologies, and she wrote the narration and synopsis for a local rendition of The Nutcracker.

Her anthology The Night is Starry: A Collection of Poems and Short Stories was released August 14, 2013. Her short story “The Carpenter” was released as an ebook in June 2014.

She has a passion for gender portrayal in media, including books, and hopes to incorporate healthy ideas about gender and body image into her own writing. Not every woman needs a prince to have a happily ever after, and there are more things than physical beauty and heteronormative romance to make a good story. Seeing different types of women and men who may or may not conform to gender roles is important in creating a positive idea of gender, and having diverse character portrayals spanning gender, sex, race, class, and age.

Libby is deeply in love with Nova Scotia and her rural community. The Elizabeth Bishop festival in 2011 prompted her to write about her hometown for the first time, and she has since made Nova Scotia and home a theme in many aspects of her writing. After moving to Halifax for university, she has been struck by the difference between country and city life. She enjoys telling any city person who will listen about what it’s like making maple syrup, having cows in front of your high school, and living in a place with no stop lights.

Her interests include classic and nerdy novels, gender studies, teen writers and artists, cats, history, and the mass consumption of chocolate and tea. She shares her opinions on everything from feminism to university life on her blog (https://libbyschofield.wordpress.com/) and is always looking for new people to connect with.

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