Spring Mayhem?

This winter has been loooong in the Twin Cities. Or at least, February and March have been. But we are hoping now that we are really seeing the first incipient signs of spring (knock on cold, wet wood)?

To that end, I am “waking up” my “cold, frozen, winter” website with some updates and announcements.


The big news is that Dream Country will be available in paperback on April 9! Penguin Random House Higher Education recently made an announcement on their website. Find out more information, and pre-order here.


Dream Country is also a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, in the category of Young Adult Literature. Shannon was interviewed as such by the Friends of the St. Paul Library, earlier this month.


Winners will be announced at the 2019 Minnesota Book Awards ceremony on April 6, in St. Paul.

Next up: Shannon will be a keynote at the next “Keeping Our Faculty: Recruiting, Retaining, and Advancing American Indian Faculty and Faculty of Color,” symposium, March 31 through April 2, at the University of Minnesota.


Shannon’s talk is titled, “Mobilizing Voices of Faculty from Historically Marginalized Communities to Build Power, Change Policy, and Solidify Academic Freedom in Our Institutions.”

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Shannon is teaching a few classes at the Loft Literary Center this spring and summer.

Writing and Researching YA that Goes Against the Grain,” is a half-day class from 1-5 pm on March 30. It will be followed by a reading and discussion at Milkweed Bookstore in the evening.

Revision and Editorial Work, Applying Feedback: A Class for Writers of Color and Indigenous Writers,” takes place April 3, 6:30-8:30 pm.

Creating Community Through Processing Trauma on the Page, A Template for Assembling an Anthology: A Class for Writers of Color and Indigenous Writers,” is scheduled for April 13, 1-4 pm.

Finally, I am teaching my first writing class for the smaller people (ages 9-11), on writing graphic novels: “Graphic Novels: Down to the BONE.” It is a week-long class, July 29 — August 2, 1-4 pm.

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Last, but certainly not least, the academic text Working Toward Racial Equity in Composition: Six Perspectives, written by Renee DeLong, Taiyon J. Coleman, Kathleen Sheerin DeVore, Shannon Gibney, Michael C. Kuhne, and Valerie Deus, is now available, from Routledge publishing.

From the publisher’s description: “This book presents the authors’ attempts to interrogate the ways that white institutional, pedagogical, and curricular heteronormativity affects equity in writing instruction at Two Year Colleges. Written from a wide range of subject and identity positions, this volume explores issues that arise among students inside historically white-dominant classrooms, among faculty as curriculum and hiring decisions are made, and among colleagues when they attempt to engage the wider institution in equity work. Aiming to significantly change how urban Community College writing instruction is delivered in this country, the book operates on the principle that equity is essential to successful writing pedagogy, curricular development, and student success.”

To get a flavor for the content presented in the volume, read “The Risky Business of Engaging Racial Equity in Writing Instruction: A Tragedy in Five Acts,” which won the 2017 Mark Reynolds Award from Teaching English in the Two-Year College for Best Article.







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