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State Poet Laureate

Meet the Current Poet Laureate

A full color headshot photograph of Margaret Gibton

Margaret Gibson from Preston, Connecticut is Connecticut’s 7th State Poet Laureate.

“To write poetry, to read poetry, is to deepen and clarify one’s own nature and to open outward to a community of listeners and participants. Poets are truth-tellers, and we need to hear their voices now more than ever. I have been given to generously in my life; it is time now to give back,” says Gibson. “I look forward to offering solo and group poetry readings, panels, and workshops, and using these to build a more clear and vocal sense of community that is engaged and caring.”

A longtime Connecticut resident, Margaret Gibson is the author of 12 books of poems, most recently, Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (Finalist, 2019 Poets’ Prize), as well as a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter: Reclaiming an Unfinished Childhood. Her debut poetry volume, Long Walks in the Afternoon, was awarded the Lamont Selection from the Academy of American Poets.

Additional honors include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the James Boatright III Prize, the Melville Kane Award from the Poetry Society of America (co-winner), the Connecticut Center for the Book Award in Poetry, and three Pushcart Prizes. The Vigil was a Finalist for the National Book award in Poetry in 1993. Her work has been published in such magazines as Connecticut Review, Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, and Prairie Schooner ; and in numerous anthologies, includingBest American Poetry, 2009 and 2017 ; Beneath a Single Moon: Buddhism in Contemporary Poetry ; andAtomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age .

Professor Emerita at the University of Connecticut, Gibson was Poetry Editor of New Virginia Review, 1992-98; and has taught or served as writer-in-residence at the University of Massachusetts (MFA Program), Reed College, Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA Program), and several other institutions nationally.


Learn more about Margaret on her website.