For more than a decade, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc has taught literature and writing to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, including young immigrants and refugees, talented teenage writers, adults, pre-writers, at-risk youth, college students, and graduate students.
He trained as a teacher and earned his MA at UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Urban Secondary English (MUSE) Program. He has led a work crew at an alternative school, designed life skills workshops for people living with HIV/AIDs, and taught at middle and high schools in California, Vermont, and Maine. He later earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where he was a teaching fellow and taught for two years in the Undergraduate Writing Program, followed by stints teaching composition and creative writing at Fordham University and the University of Southern Maine.
Between 2006 and 2011, Gibson directed The Telling Room and helped it grow from a grass-roots youth writing program to an award-winning community writing center that serves over 2,000 Maine young writers each year. He continues to teach workshops and mentor students at The Telling Room, as well as occasionally leading workshops for writers of all ages at schools, community centers, and conferences in New England and beyond.