REGIE GIBSON

Poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator Regie Gibson has performed, taught, and lectured at schools, universities, theaters and various other venues on two continents and in seven countries. Regie and his work appear in the 1997 New Line Cinema film Love Jones, which is based largely on events in his life. 

Regie is a former National Poetry Slam Individual Champion, and was named Chicago Tribune's Artist of the Year for Excellence for his poetry.  He has co-judged the Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Competition with Marc Smith and Mark Strand, has been regularly featured on NPR, and has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.

Regie has toured with the Chicago Mask Ensemble, performing dramatic and poetic adaptations of common myths from around the world. He co-produced the play The Mystery of Fire Bread while performing in Europe with the Sharnier Theater in the cities of Hanover, Frankfurt, Berlin, and the Literature Haus in Hamburg, Germany. His original works of poetry have been dramatized and scored by classical flautist and Professor Janet Misurell-Mitchell and produced and directed by Eric Rosen for the Steppenwolf Theater's Words on Fire production. In 1999, Regie performed as part of the award-winning Traffic Series at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, where he adapted the work of Kurt Vonnegut.

Regie has worked with Gwendolyn Brooks, Kurt Vonnegut, Mos Def, Marc Smith, John Legend, and countless other artists. He is widely published in anthologies, magazines, and journals, including The Iowa Review, Harvard Divinity Magazine, Poetry Magazine, Spoken Word Revolution (Source Books), and The Good Men Project. His full-length book of poetry, Storms Beneath The Skin (2001), received the Golden Pen Award. In 2005, Regie was a featured on the PBS Arts magazine Art Close-Up and was subsequently nominated for a Boston Grammy. Regie received his MFA in Poetry from New England College.

Presenter: 2016 & 2017