Writing Creatively About Our Experiences as WOC Academics

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Women of color and indigenous women professors who write creatively about their experiences in the academy are invited to this FREE two-hour workshop at the Loft Literary Center, to begin to share, plan, and revise work.*

A panel and reading on this topic will be held later this fall, at another location.

Please write shannongibney@gmail.com, in order to reserve a spot.

A wiki will be created in early August, in order to facilitate the sharing of work.

This activity is made possible by funding from a State Arts Board grant, and the generosity of the Loft Literary Center.

*Graduate students welcome.

Check out the Facebook event page here.


Diversity in KidLit Podcast & Article of the Year Award

I had a lively and enlightening discussion about the issues of equity and representation in KidLit with the brilliant Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, Bao Phi, and Kathryn Savage on the Loft Literary Center‘s podcast, which was released yesterday.


Listen/download it here.

The journal Teaching English at the Two Year College, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English, has awarded me and my collaborators their 2017 award for article of the year, for “The Risky Business of Engaging Racial Equity in Writing Instruction: A Tragedy in Five Acts.”

This came as quite a shock to all of us, but obviously, a welcome one.


The message we received from the editorial board follows:

“Dear Michael Kuhne, Taiyon J. Coleman, Kathleen DeVore, Renee DeLong, and Shannon Gibney,

“The Two-Year College English Association is pleased to inform you that you have been chosen as the recipients of the 2017 Mark Reynolds Teaching English at the Two Year College Best Article Award.

“Your article, “The Risky Business of Engaging Racial Equity in Writing Instruction: A Tragedy in Five Acts” (TETYC, 2016), addresses issues of central concern to our profession for the benefit of two-year college faculty and TETYC readership.”


Renee DeLong will travel to Portland next month, to accept a plaque and small honorarium at the Conference on College Composition and Communication on behalf of us all.

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!

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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.

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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.