- Skating Among the Graves
Born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York of Newfoundland parents, Geraldine (Gerry) Chafe Rubia returned to Newfoundland at the age of three and has lived in the St. John’s area ever since. She has worked as a Stenographer, Advertising Copywriter, Rehabilitation Counsellor and as an instructor in Creative Writing at Memorial University’s Extension Services and at the Avalon Community College.
Ms. Rubia has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies for her poetry and short stories. She is an editor, with Bernice Morgan and Helen Fogwill Porter, of From This Place, an anthology of work by Newfoundland women writers. Her first book, A Poem in My Soup, was published in 1980.
A prolific writer, Gerry has a long list of awards to her credit and has also produced scripts for CBC Radio and Television. She is perhaps best known for her efforts to improve the image of the physically and mentally disabled through her founding of The ‘Longside Club and the critically acclaimed ‘Longside Players.
Geraldine Rubia is also a long-time member of the Newfoundland Writers’ Guild and a charter member of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.