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Academic Affairs

Cyr Hall • University of Maine at Fort Kent • 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743

Scholars' Symposium Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth Peavey

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Make Your Voice Heard • Communication Strategies For Success

Maine native Elizabeth Peavey is an award-winning writer, performer and educator. Her one-woman show, My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother, has played to sold-out houses since 2011 and received the Maine Literary Award for Best Drama. She served as lecturer of public speaking at the University of Southern Maine for over 20 years. She currently coaches corporate and private speech clients in fields ranging from the arts and advocacy to finance and industry. She performs a teaching version of her show at conferences and symposiums and often serves as keynote at similar events.

Peavey is the author of three books and has appeared in Down East magazine since 1993. Her humor column, Outta My Yard, can be found at She taught creative non-fiction at UMaine Farmington and has lead writing workshops for Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance since the days of quill and parchment. She frequently works with older adults – both on site and online – helping them share and preserve their life stories. She’s also a frequent guest lecturer and speaker at schools, libraries and associations across the state. All of which is to say she’s never been able to hold down a real job.