Gibson Fay-LeBlanc’s first book of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist, was chosen by the Lisa Russ Spaar for the Vassar Miller Prize and published in 2012 by the University of North Texas Press.

The Portland Phoenix notes that, “In the unflinching gaze and good faith of Fay-LeBlanc’s volume, owning a voice also means owning silence and ambiguity — owning not just the perfect words, but what sometimes waits unrealized, both in the mouth and somewhere just beyond.”

Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations ends their review with this: “In Fay-LeBlanc’s first collection, he has pulled off a masterful show, placing the act of making in the center of the spotlight, yet, at the same time, keeping the mystery of it alive.”

For more information or to order a copy, go to DeathofaVentriloquist.com.

YRTEOP: Poetry Turned Around and the New Poet also interviewed Gibson about the book, teaching, etc.

Here are some sample poems:

You can also hear Gibson reading his poems at From the Fishouse, an online audio archive of work by emerging poets.

Broadsided Press featured Gibson’s “Hockey Poem” in December 2013.