Educated at the University of Toronto and the Sorbonne, she worked in left politics during the 1930s, and subsequently won Governor General's Awards for Day and Night (1944) and Poems for People (1947). She trained as a teacher, taught in Northern Rhodesia [Zambia] 1959-63 and has served as university writer-in-residence. She published prolifically, and her lifelong concern for women's rights and the identity of the woman artist ripened with time.
A major collection of her poetry, Collected Poems: The Two Seasons, was published in 1972. Later work included A Public and Private Voice: Essays on the Life and Work of Dorothy Livesay (1986). She became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1987.
Author R.D. MATHEWS
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The Woman I Am, A Celebration of Dorothy Livesay and her Poetry
A review of actor Jennifer Dale's portrayal of writer Dorothy Livesay in the 2006 Toronto stage play "The Woman I Am, A Celebration of Dorothy Livesay and her Poetry". From thelivemusicreport.com.
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland...