Elizabeth Withey

Elizabeth Withey is a Canadian author, journalist, and visual artist.

Her first children's book, The One with the Scraggly Beard (2020 / Orca Books), is a story about homelessness inspired by family experiences. The book is illustrated by Lynn Scurfield.


Elizabeth grew up in northern Saskatchewan. She studied German and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, then completed a Master's degree in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford before returning to UVic to study writing and journalism.

Based in Calgary, Elizabeth is a producer for CBC's Radio's flagship morning show, The Calgary Eyeopener. Previously, she worked as a staff writer and columnist for the Edmonton Journal. She has earned numerous awards for her work, including a 2020 National RTDNA for data journalism on speeding tickets in Calgary playground zones, a 2019 Alberta Magazine Award (Gold, Profile) for her personal essay about homelessness, a 2019 RTDNA for a radio series on the opioid crisis in Calgary, the 2016 Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize at the Alberta Magazine Awards, a 2009 National Newspaper citation of merit for arts and entertainment writing, and many feature writing awards from the U.S.-based Society for Feature Journalism.


In 2012, Elizabeth published Life after Birth (HarperCollins Canada/Edmonton Journal), a collection of personal essays on first-time parenting. This e-book is available for download, and in public libraries.


Elizabeth's literary nonfiction and poetry has appeared in Eighteen Bridges, Alberta Views, Room, Geist, and Avenue Magazine, as well as most major newspapers across Canada. In 2015, she wore the same black dress ("Laverne") for a year. The project, Frock Around the Clock, garnered national media attention.