Shannon Gibney is an award-winning author of books of all kinds — from novels to anthologies to essays to picture books. She writes for adults, children, and everyone in-between. Gibney’s most recent novel, Dream Country (Dutton, 2018), which Kirkus describes as “a necessary reckoning of tensions within the African diaspora — an introduction to its brokenness and a place to start healing.”

Shannon’s books and writings have received many awards, and are taught in schools and communities around the country. She is a professor of English at Minneapolis College, where for over twelve years she has worked with refugees, ex-offenders, international and in-country immigrants, indigenous and communities of color, and students from all walks of life to tell their stories and achieve their academic and professional goals.

Shannon identifies as a trans-racial adoptee, and was adopted by white parents in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1975. She writes and speaks extensively about trans-racial adoption in her creative and scholarly work, and of the intersection of race, gender, class, family, power, and identity. This experience has informed all her work with and about historically and newly marginalized communities.

 

 


2020 Tour stops:

  • March 28- Faribault Buckham Memorial Library