Gibson Fay-LeBlanc


Portland, ME

Author's Bio

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc’s first collection of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist, was chosen by Lisa Russ Spaar for the Vassar Miller Prize and published in 2012. The book received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was featured by Poets & Writers as one of a dozen debut collections to watch. Gibson’s poems have appeared in magazines including Guernica, The New Republic, and Tin House, jubilatFIELD, and The Literary Review. His fiction has appeared in Slice and Portland Magazine. His second book of poems, Dangle Dazzle Dive, is forthcoming from CavanKerry Press in 2021.


With graduate degrees from UC Berkeley and Columbia University, Gibson has taught writing at conferences, schools and universities including Fordham, Haystack, and University of Southern Maine, and helped lead community arts organizations including The Telling Room, SPACE Gallery, and Hewnoaks Artist Colony. He is the Executive Director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. 

Publications & Prizes

Death of a Ventriloquist (University of North Texas Press, 2012)
Prizes won: 
  • Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry, 2011
  • Magliocco Prize for Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, 2006
  • Teaching Fellowship, Columbia University, 2003-2005
  • Writing Division Fellowship, Columbia University, 2002
  • Emily Chamberlain Cook Prize for Poetry, UC Berkeley, 1999

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Born in: 
Chicago, IL
Raised in: 
Chicago, IL
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Last update: Aug 26, 2019