books of poetry

All from Louisiana State University Press

​Broken Cup, 2014

Second Nature, 2010
One Body, 2007
Autumn Grasses, 2003
Icon and Evidence, 2001
Earth Elegy: New and Selected Poems, 1997
The Vigil, 1993
Out in the Open, 1989
Memories of the Future, 1986
Long Walks in the Afternoon, 1982
Signs, 1979


University of Missouri Press
The Prodigal Daughter, Reclaiming an Unfinished Childhood, 2008

magazine publications

Connecticut Review
Georgia Review
Gettysburg Review
Hudson Review
Illinois Review

Image Journal
Iowa Review
Iron Horse
Kenyon Review
Missouri Review
New England Review
New York Times Op-Ed
​Poetry Northwest
Prairie Schooner
Sewanee Review
Southern Review
Virginia Quarterly Review, and others.

Awards & Grants 

Lamont Selection given by The Academy of American Poets, 1982
Melville Kane Award, given by the Poetry Society of America 1986-87
​National Book Award in Poetry Finalist, 1993
Connecticut Center for the Book Award in Poetry, One Body, 2008

James Boatright Prize, 1996
Two Pushcart Prizes
Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors,and Poets, 2001
Who's Who in U.S. Women Writers, 2002
International Authors and Writer's Who's Who

Virginia Center for the Book Award in Poetry, finalist, Icon and Evidence, 2002
Connecticut Center for the Book Award in Poetry, finalist, Icon and Evidence, 2002
Connecticut Center for the Book Award in Poetry, finalist, Autumn Grasses, 2004
Connecticut Center for the Book Award in Non-fiction, finalist, The Prodigal Daughter, 2008

National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1985
Connecticut Commission on the Arts grants, 1976, 1988
Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Teaching Fellowship, 1994
Phi Beta Kappa, 1966Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1967-1968​
​Yaddo, 1975, 1982


M.A.  1967   The University of Virginia
​B.A.   1966   Hollins College



University of Connecticut, Professor in Residence, 1993-2006
University of Mass., MFA Program, 1993
Virginia Commonwealth University, MFA Program, 1988-1989, 1992
​George Mason University, 1970-1975

Writer in Residence:
American University
Centenary College
Central College, Iowa
Chautauqua Writers Workshops and Festival, 1991-2013
College of Wooster
Elon College
George Mason University
Illinois College 
Juniata College
Marietta College
National Book Foundation, American Voices
Phillips Academy/Andover, 1984-1987
Reed University
Rocky Boy’s Reservation, Montana, 1994-1997
Trinity College
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
University of Sioux Falls

Poetry Editor, New Virginia Review, 1992-1998
Poet, Author, Professor Emerita   “Margaret Gibson has created a voice and an art that connect the sensuous experience of the physical world with the inner life,” Pattiann Rogers has written.  Nationally and internationally acclaimed, Margaret Gibson poetry is characterized by an uncommon diversity.  The voice may be predominantly lyrical and meditative, and yet there are award-winning, book-length narratives in which she fully inhabits the consciousness of her personae.  Hers is “a finely crafted lyricism and attention to detail rare among poets today,” wrote Brian Henry.  Gibson herself has said, “Writing poetry is an act of attention and receptivity.  You study whatever it is that strikes your attention—whether a scarlet tanager, river, field, or forest, whether mother, daughter, alcoholic, photographer, lover. You take what’s given into that part of the self that inquires, test, embraces, and embodies.  Outer and inner coalesce and fuse."

"Everything is ultimately connected; everything, therefore, is both personal and impersonal. We’re part of an enormous, sometimes painful, sometimes joyful experience of unfolding Consciousness."

"We’re here to find the things that are broken and to mend them, to find where there is fracture or division and to create a wholeness.”

Also the author of a memoir about growing up in Richmond, Virginia, Gibson has lived for forty years in Preston, Connecticut, with her husband, writer David McKain.  She has taught in many colleges and universities, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, most recently as Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut from 1993-2006.