Heather June Gibbons

California, United States

Member Since: 10/14/2013

Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize (University of Utah Press). She is also the author of two chapbooks, Sore Songs (Dancing Girl Press), and Flyover(Q Avenue Press). Her poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including Blackbird, Boston ReviewDrunken BoatGulf CoastIndiana ReviewjubilatNew American Writing, and West Branch. She received an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Callen Graduate Scholarship, and she has been the recipient of a Full Fellowship Residency from the Vermont Studio Center, the Pavel Strut Poetry Fellowship from the Prague Summer Program, the Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Harold Taylor Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Heather teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, and in public high schools schools as a Teaching Artist for Performing Arts Workshop, a youth education non-profit. She lives in San Francisco.


Website: http://www.heatherjunegibbons.com/

Twitter Username: @HJune4


  • Her Mouth as Souvenir , University of Utah Press (June 2018)
  • Sore Songs , Dancing Girl Press (2018)
  • Flyover , Q Ave Press (2012)


  • Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, University of Utah Press(2017)
  • Full Fellowship Residency, Vermont Studio Center(2011)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of English, Purdue University(2010)
  • Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown(2009)
  • Callen Foundation Graduate Scholarship, University of Iowa(2007)


  • Lecturer at Creative Writing Department, San Francisco State University (2012 - )
  • Lecturer at English Department, Purdue University (2007 - 2012)
  • Teaching-Artist at Performing Arts Workshop, San Francisco (January 2017 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) from University of Iowa Writers' Workshop (May 2007)

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