People / Stephen Scobie

Writer, critic, educator. Stephen Scobie was born in Carnoustie, Scotland on December 31, 1943. After receiving a Master of Arts from the University of Saint Andrews, Scobie relocated to Canada from Scotland in 1965 at the age of twenty-two to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. During his time in Vancouver, he managed a small imprint, Harry Eagle Press, and had his first book of poetry, Stone Poems, published by Talonbooks (1974). He relocated again, after accepting a teaching position at the University of Alberta. Along with Shirley Neuman and Douglas Barbour, Scobie ran Longspoon Press (1980-1986) out of the Department of English. It was during this time that Scobie won the Govenor General’s Award for Poetry for McAlmon’s Chinese Opera (1980) and the Prix Gabrielle Roy for Canadian Criticism (1986). With Barbour, Scobie is a member of an experimental sound poetry group, Re:Sounding. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1995. His criticism includes books on bpNichol, Leonard Cohen, Sheila Watson, and Bob Dylan. Sobie lives and works in Victoria, where he recently retired from teaching at the University of Victoria.