Saturday, November 19, 2005

Gibson & Healy


Two award-winning Minnesota poets on tour.

Dobby Gibson's poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Fence, Iowa Review, New England Review, and Conduit, among other publications. He is the author of Polar, published by Alice James Books in 2005, which won the 2004 Beatrice Hawley Award. He is the recipient of a poetry fellowship from the McKnight Foundation.
He has also won an Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals Award, and his creative writing has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio's weekly arts broadcast, Word of Mouth. He lives in Minneapolis on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

Steve Healey is the author of the poetry collection, Earthling, published by Coffee House Press in 2004. Earthling, examines the pitfall, pratfalls and particular beauty of being an Earthling, that is, human in a culture of alienation and contradiction. It both celebrates and critiques our brave new hypermodern world. Healey teaches writing to prisoners in several Minnesota Correctional Facilities and is Associate Editor of Conduit Magazine. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including American Poetry Review, Fence, jubilat, Open City, and Verse. Born in Washington, D.C., he now lives in Minneapolis, also on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

photo of Dobby Gibson by George Byron Griffiths
photo of Steve Healey by Mark Wojahn

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

John Amen

John Amen's debut poetry collection, Christening the Dancer, was released by Uccelli Press in 2003 and nominated for various awards, including the Kate Tufts Award, the Lenore Marshall Award, and the Brockman-Campbell Prize. His second collection, More of Me Disappears, was released in September 2005 by Cross-Cultural Communications. His poetry and fiction have been published in numerous magazines and journals, and he was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first solo recording, All I'll Never Need, was released by Cool Midget Records in 2005. His second CD, Ridiculous Empire, was released in Spring 2007.

Amen was featured in the 2007 Poet’s Market. He is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas. Amen travels widely giving readings, doing musical performances, and conducting workshops. He founded and continues to edit the award-winning literary bimonthly, The Pedestal Magazine.

To learn morea bout John, visit his website at