Dream Country featured as ‘one of most anticipated sophomore YA novels of 2018’

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The Barnes and Noble Teen blog recently featured Dream Country in a post titled, “Our Most Anticipated Sophomore YA Novels of 2018: July to December,” by Dahlia Adler.


Adler wrote: “Dream Country, by Shannon Gibney (September 11)
Gibney’s See No Color tackled transracial adoption and the great American pastime, and she has somehow managed to step it up tenfold with her ambitious and beautiful followup, an intergenerational epic about five members of a Liberian family that traces its path across time and the Atlantic. It opens on Kollie, who has been living in the U.S. for almost a decade but is still keenly aware of the divide between the African students and the African American ones at his school, not to mention the white students and staff. It’s the African boys who constantly live under the parental threat of being sent back, and when Kollie gets into a fight at school, that’s exactly what happens. Though it isn’t Kollie we see in Liberia next, but his grandfather, Togar, in Grand Bassa County in 1926. The journey continues back through American slavery, repatriation, and Liberian colonization before coming full circle to the future, clawing your heart through the dirt all along the way. “

Dream Country book launch set!

Mark your calendars!

Details on the launch of Dream Country, Shannon’s new YA novel, have been finalized.


WHAT: Dream Country book launch*

WHEN: Wednesday, September 12, 6:30-8 pm

WHERE: Recital Hall at St. Catherine’s University, Music Buidling, 2004 Randolph Ave. in St. Paul

*This event is FREE and open to the public!

More details forthcoming…But hope to see you there.

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MN Women’s Press Article

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The Minnesota Women’s Press just ran an article by Shannon and fellow writer and friend Kao Kalia Yang, on their experiences with infant loss and miscarriage.

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Photo courtesy of The Minnesota Women’s Press

The piece highlights the topic in order to encourage readers to submit pieces to What God Is Honored Here: An Anthology on Infant Loss and Miscarriage, which Shannon and Kalia are editing. The book will center on stories of and by women of color.

Submit work to infantlossanthology@gmail.com, by May 1, 2018.

WOC Academics Reading, Panel & Open Mic

Women of color writing creatively about our experiences:


A Reading, Panel, and Open Mic



WHEN: Friday, December 1, 6:30 pm


WHERE: Wellness Ways Studio, at the Ivy Building for the Arts (#231).


The Ivy Building for the Arts is located at 2637 27th Ave. S., in Minneapolis.


COST: Suggested $10 donation will go directly to the owner of the space, as she has graciously gifted it to us for the event. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, however.


WHO SHOULD COME: Community members, friends and family, anyone interested in reading and/or supporting voices and writing of women of color academics.



Shannon Gibney has curated a reading, panel, and open mic on women of color academics writing creatively about our experiences.


Gibney has asked Ana M. Perez, Taiyon Coleman, and Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, all local women of color academics, to read about 10 minutes of their work, to be followed by a panel discussion. The conclusion of the event will be an open mic, in which any and all women of color academics who have something to share will be encouraged to do so.


Please make time to attend this vital discussion!



Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples’ Literature. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, her next novel, Dream Country, is about more than five generations of an African descended family, crisscrossing the Atlantic both voluntarily and involuntarily (Dutton, 2018).



Ana M. Perez was born and raised in central Florida; she earned a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland.  She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at Minnesota State, Mankato.  Her research examines questions of race, color, and beauty among Mexican American women.

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Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is the author of Paper Pavilion (White Pine Press 2007), Notes from a Missing Person (Essay Press 2015), Interrogation Room (White Pine Press forthcoming 2018), and the German-translated chapbook Necro Citizens (forthcoming 2018). Currently co-editing an anthology of autocritical writing, she teaches poetry and directs Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College.




Although her first dream was to be a backup dancer for former hip-hop artist Heavy D, Taiyon J. Coleman is a writer, educator and consultant, and her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Currently completing her first novel, Chicago @ 15, she lives in Minneapolis with her family.


This activity is funded in part by a Minnesota State Arts Board Artists’ Initiative grant.