About The Author

Becky Gould grew up in the foothills of South Carolina. She earned a B.A. in English from Converse College in May 1967 and married Bill Gibson three weeks later. She taught public school in Palo Alto, CA, and Fayetteville, NC, before starting graduate study at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1970. Seven years and two babies later, she completed her Ph.D. in 18th Century British Lit. In 1978, Becky moved with her family to Winston-Salem, NC, where she picked up teaching gigs at local colleges, including a two-year stint at NC School of the Arts. In 1988, she began teaching full-time at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, continuing there until her retirement in 2008.

Gibson has published eight books since 1989 when Off-Road Meditations won the NC Writers’ Network Chapbook Competition. Holding Ground followed (Poetry Chapbook Contest, White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 1996). In 1997, First Life appeared from Emrys Press. 2007 saw two titles: Need-Fire (2005 Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Contest) and Aphrodite’s Daughter (2006 X.J. Kennedy Prize, Texas Review Press). Heading Home (2013 Lena Shull Poetry Book Contest) was issued in 2014 by Main Street Rag. The Xanthippe Fragments appeared in 2016 from St. Andrews University Press. Indelible won the 2018 Dogfish Head Prize and came out from The Broadkill River Press in December of that year.

Becky with Shara McCallum, final judge

Journal and anthology publications include: Southern Poetry Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Kalliope, Feminist Studies, Brooklyn Review, 10th Muse, Shearsman, South Carolina Review, Asheville Poetry ReviewTexas Review, Comstock Review, Chattahoochee Review, Cold Mountain Review, Tampa Review, Atlanta Review, Poetry South; Snowy Egret; Don’t Leave Hungry: 50 Years of Southern Poetry Review (University of Arkansas Press, 2009), Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology (Split Oak Press, 2012), and The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume VII (Texas Review Press, 2014).

Becky served two terms as Gilbert Chappell Distinguished Poet for the Central District of North Carolina (2009-2011). Currently she participates in the Prison Writers Outreach Program sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network.