Valentine’s Day on Reboot

If the traditional celebration of Valentine’s Day makes you as ill as it does me, I urge you to consider stopping by this talk (and we do mean REAL TALK) on “Race and Education”with my Ride or Die BFF Dr. Taiyon Coleman. This is a subject we wrestle with daily, and one we have dedicated our lives to addressing equitably.

It’ll be this coming Tuesday, February 14, 7-9 pm, at Redeemer Lutheran Church ELCA in North Minneapolis.




Then on Thursday, February 16, I’m at Century College in White Bear Lake, with a bunch of my Good Time for the Truth compatriots, reading, engaging in audience discussion, and signing books.

All events that day are also FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.





A Flurry of Fall Events (in Chronological Order)


True to its promise, fall is a whirlwind of events and projects!


The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture (ASAC) Biennial Conference begins tomorrow, here in Minneapolis. Most panels and events take place at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Downtown Northstar Hotel, and run Thursday, October 27 through  Saturday, October 29.

Click here for the conference program.

As a member of the local conference site committee, I have been busy planning opportunities for those who study the social, artistic, and other effects of adoption to gather and share perspectives and information at this small but mighty conference.


One such opportunity is the “Building Communities, Changing Discourse: New Writing on Adoption,” reading that will be taking place at The Loft Literary Center on Friday, October 28, at 7 pm.

Please check out this flyer, for more events affiliated with the ASAC 2016 Conference that are free and open to the public!



Then, I will be giving a short talk, reading and discussion at St. Kate’s on Tuesday, November 1, 7-8:30 pm, in their library.

“The Powerful Connection between Courage, Art, and Spirituality: Women’s Strategies and Legacies of Resistance, Agitation, and Transformation,” is FREE and open to the public! kate event.png

Details on the event on the St. Kate’s library page website.

Facebook event page here.

Download a flyer shannon-gibney-_17336017_155601794ff62e7303785e563f614ee98e98bee7.


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On Wednesday, November 2, Taiyon Coleman, Alexs Pate and I will be reading from and discussing Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota, at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids.

Blues Vision

The event takes place in the Legacy Room, 12-12:50 pm, and then again at 2-2:50 pm. It is FREE and open to the public.

Download a blues-vision-fall-2016-poster.


Finally (for now, anyway), Madison people please don’t miss my reading at A Room of One’s Own Bookstore with rockstar and fellow adoptee writer and provocateur Rosita Gonzalez!

This reading and discussion is FREE and open to the public, and takes place on Friday, November 4 at 6:30 pm. Get all your info here.

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Rosita Gonzalez

Conference, anthology, & reading

Lots of amazing writers will offer sessions at the Minnesota History Center‘s “Writing Your Family Legacy” conference, on October 15.


Shannon will lead a workshop on “Narrative Magic: Embracing or Rejecting the Facts in Order to tell the story,” at 11:30.

For more information, or to register, click here.



Bustle magazine published a great little piece on the new YA anthology of short stories on adoption that Eric Smith is putting together, published by Jolly Fish next fall.

Shannon’s new short story “Salvation,” about a re-homed Haitian adoptee, is featured.



Shannon and fellow transracial adoptee author Rosita Gonzalez have rescheduled a reading and talk on transracial adoption in their work for Friday, November 4, 6:30 pm, at A Room of One’s Own bookstore in Madison.


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Rosita Gonzalez


Please stop on by for what is sure to be a lively and engaging evening!

Writers Digest Guest Blog + Adoption Today Article


Shannon has written a guest blog post for Writer’s Digest, on “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far.”



She also had the opportunity to collaborate with the amazing Amandine Gay on an article for the September issue of Adoption TodayYou can read “Diasporic Conversations: Anglophone and Francophone Adoptees of the African Diaspora Encounter Each Other” in the digital edition of the magazine.

Master Mondays YA Lit class this fall + Events


Shannon is teaching a “Master Mondays” class at the Loft Literary Center this fall!

From the course description:

“The Master Monday Series is an intensive writing opportunity for advanced students with workshop experience. In this class, we will read and discuss some of the most vital young adult literature being created today, examine strategies for producing and revising our own work, complete short writing activities that will help us improve our own work, and workshop each other’s manuscripts. You will receive numerous opportunities for feedback on your work. Both local and national writers and editors will talk to the class throughout our 12 weeks, and if participants are interested, the last two class sessions will be devoted strictly to one-on-one workshops and manuscript critiques with the teaching artist. $10 copy fee payable to the teaching artist. No class November 21.”

Classes begin on September 19; register today.


Shannon will be reading from her essay “Fear of a Black Mother” in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota  with contributors Taiyon Coleman and Carolyn Holbrook on Wednesday, September 21, 6:30-8 pm, at the Hennepin Central Library in downtown Minneapolis.


This event is FREE and open to the public.

You can check out the FB event page here, and register here.


Shannon and A Good Time for the Truth contributors Andrea Jenkins and Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, as well as editor Sun Yung Shin, are keynote speakers at the Minnesota Library Association’s Annual Conference, September 29-30, at the Duluth Convention Center.

We are thrilled that A Good Time for the Truth is the One Conference One Book selection!

Whew! This summer was FABULOUS, working on the new YA novel, traveling, and visiting friends and family.

But as you can see, I got way behind on keeping up with the website…

I was also lucky enough to be interviewed by Molly Fuller for the Loft’s Lit Chat blog.

And then, the multi-talented Sheila Regan talked to me and other Black parents about how Michael Brown’s death changed how we parent for this story in Complex.

Reading @ Nicola’s Books + Interviews with A2 Media

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Shannon was interviewed by Cynthia Canty on the Stateside radio program on Michigan Public Radio earlier today, in preparation for her reading at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 6, at 7 pm. To listen, click here.

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The Ann Arbor Observer also ran a delightful interview of See No Color in its July edition, as well.

Hope to see you all at Nicola’s Books tomorrow night!

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July 30 POV in YA Fiction Class @ The Loft


Sign up for a day-long writing workshop on Point of View in YA Fiction with Shannon at The Loft Literary Center, on Saturday, July 30.

From the workshop description:

Point-of-view (POV) in fiction in general, and YA fiction in particular, is one of the least understood aspects of the genre.

In this day-long workshop intensive, students will explore some of the challenges and opportunities of writing stories for young adults in first, second, third, limited, omniscient, “The Royal We,” POV and everything in-between. We will also investigate the artistic and political stakes of whose perspective we tell these stories from, and how we might go about making the most effective choice for a given manuscript.

For more information, or to register, click here.