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Dobby Gibson is the author of Polar, which won the Alice James Award, Skirmish (Graywolf Press), and It Becomes You (Graywolf Press), which was shortlisted for the Believer Poetry Award. All three books were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. His new collection, Little Glass Planet (Graywolf Press) was named a top book for spring by BuzzFeed, which calls it “exuberant, electric, and frank.” The Washington Post says, “Gibson is masterful with imagery. [His] writing is smart and crisp.”

Gibson's poetry and essays have appeared widely, including in American Poetry Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, FencejubilatThe Iowa Review, The New England ReviewPloughshares, and on Minnesota Public Radio. His poems have been anthologized in books including Good Poems American Places (Penguin Books), From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great (Persea Books), and The New Census: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (Rescue Press). He is a regular visitor to colleges and universities, including Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, Macalester College, UMass-Amherst, and the University of Minnesota. He has served as visiting associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Born in Minneapolis, Gibson earned his BA in English Literature from Connecticut College, and an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University.

He's received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.