Authors Bao Phi and Shannon Gibney to speak as part of Normandale Fall Reading Series on December 1

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Authors Bao Phi and Shannon Gibney will read from their recent work and discuss their essays in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota on Friday, December 1 at 12 p.m. in College Services Room C 1016 as part of the Normandale Fall Reading Series.

Phi has been a performance poet since 1991. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, he has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, featured in the live performances and taping of the blockbuster diasporic Vietnamese variety show Paris By Night 114: TôiLàNgườiViệt Nam, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology.

Gibney, a professor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, won a 2016 Minnesota Book Award in the category of Literature for Young Adults for the novel See no Color. In 2015, Shannon Gibney published a family memoir titled "Love Across the Middle Passage: Making an African/African American Family". Other publications this year include a short story in the Sky Blue Water anthology of children's literature from Minnesota writers, the opening essay in the critically-acclaimed and popular A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota anthology.