Shannon Gibney

Kristine Heykants

Shannon Gibney is a professor of English and African diaspora studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“So when they met, first in those chocolate halls and next through the ropes of the swing, they felt the ease and comfort of old friends. Because each had discovered years before that they were neither white nor male, and that all freedom and triumph was forbidden to them, they had set about creating something else to be.” —Toni Morrison, Sula, pg. 52

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

To tell stories, and discover myself and the world

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read voraciously and broadly. Do not focus too much on publishing early on, that will come. Focus instead on understanding and enjoying the literary landscape that you will be contributing to. It will make your work that much more impactful.