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MCTC English Instructor Shannon Gibney Celebrates Novel Release at the Loft Literary Center

Posted on: September 21st, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Join the Loft Literary Center’s Story of the Book series featuring MCTC English Instructor Shannon Gibney on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

From the Loft’s announcement:

Young adult author Shannon Gibney celebrates the release of her novel See No Color as part of the Loft Literary Center‘s reading series called Story of the Book. Gibney will share the story of how her book came to be during a conversation with Lisa Marie Brimmer, and read excerpts from the novel. See No Color explores themes of identity and belonging in the context of transracial adoption.

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, and activist in Minneapolis. Her young adult novel See No Color, will be released by Carolrhoda Lab in November 2015. Her writing has appeared in a variety of venues, including The Crisis, Gawker, and Inside Higher Education. Gibney is a professor of English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), where she teaches critical and creative writing, journalism, and African diasporic topics. A former Bush Artist Fellow, she lives with her husband and children in Minneapolis.

Lisa Marie Brimmer is a writer and performance artist. She is a two-time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow and has received a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowship. She is a contributing writer for Gazillion Voices Magazine, a member of Savage Umbrella Theater Company, and board member of Patrick’s Cabaret. Her work has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine and her improvisational music collective, High Society, has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio and KFAI.

There is a suggested admission fee of $5–10 for this event.

MCTC English Instructor Shannon Gibney Receives McKnight Artist Fellowship

Posted on: March 27th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

English Instructor Shannon GibneyMCTC English Instructor Shannon Gibney is one of four local writers to receive the Loft Literary Center’s $25,000 award for their excellence in creative prose writing.

The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers are supported by the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis. In order to qualify for the award, writers must have published a creative prose work or had their work published in literary magazines.

“I am so thankful to the Loft, the McKnight Foundation, and our amazing community here, which makes so much possible for us creatively,” said Gibney.

Gibney’s works have been featured in a variety of publications and anthologies including Parenting as Adoptees and The Black Imagination: The Science Fiction, Futurism, and the Speculative. This fall she is slated to publish a young adult novel, and she is currently working on a novel about African American colonization of Liberia in the 19th century.

“I hope to glean as much time and productivity as possible from the grant, and then pass on its fruits and make space for whoever’s next,” she said.

“It is an absolute joy and continual learning experience to work with a professional whose creative work directly intersects with her work as a MCTC faculty, colleague, and her work providing greater service to the communities that we serve here,” said MCTC English Instructor and Faculty Coordinator Taiyon Coleman.

Gibney is on sabbatical this year and will return to teaching in fall 2015.