Elizabeth Peavey is a Portland-based writer, performer and educator. Her one-woman show, My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother, played to sold-out houses across Maine in 2011 and ‘12 and won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Best Drama. It will be presented in New York City this coming May. Her latest book, Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship, was a Maine Literary Awards finalist. She is also the author of Outta My Way: An Odd Life Lived Loudly and of Maine & Me, which was awarded the MLA for Best Maine-themed Book. Her writing is frequently featured in Down East magazine, where she has been a contributing editor since 1997. Her humor column, “Outta My Yard,” can be found at thebollard.com.
She taught public speaking at the University of Southern Maine for 20 years and now coaches private and corporate clients in the field. She was a guest lecturer of creative nonfiction at the University of Maine at Farmington and has taught her popular memoir workshop for the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance since the days of quill and parchment. She is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries and associations around the state. She served as writer in residence at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA, in 2014.
All of which is to say she's never been able to hold down a real job.