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Gibson Fay-LeBlanc

I write stories and teach writing.

Job Writer & Teacher / In my studio, at The Telling Room, and in schools, libraries, and community centers all over New England

Lives In Oakdale

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, spent several weeks on the Poetry Foundation’s list of contemporary best-sellers, 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, on the PBS NewsHour Art Beat, and have received awards from the Bellevue Literary Review and UC Berkeley. He has taught writing at conferences, schools and universities around the country and including Columbia, Fordham, and University of Southern Maine. In 2011 he was named one of Maine’s “emerging leaders” by the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media for his work directing The Telling Room, where he still occasionally teaches writing.

Why did you choose Portland? I fell in love with a Portland girl when I was 18 and have been falling in love with Portland ever since. I've lived in Chicago, Worcester, Oakland, Burlington, and Manhattan, and Portland is my favorite by far.

Who are Portlanders you admire and why? The three local writers who founded The Telling Room, Mike Paterniti, Sara Corbett, and Susan Conley, all of whom I had the pleasure of knowing/working with closely for five years or so. Cyrus Hagge and Andy Graham--two stalwart Arts boosters who have done so much to make Portland what it is. Derek Pierce, all star principal. There are a few thousand others, but I'll stop there.

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