Heather June Gibbons was born in Utah and grew up on an island in Washington. She is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize (University of Utah Press) and two chapbooks, Sore Songs (Dancing Girl Press), and Flyover (Q Avenue Press). Her poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including Best New Poets, Blackbird, Boston ReviewDrunken BoatGulf CoastIndiana Review, jubilat, New American Writing, and West Branch. A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Academy of American Poets, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Prague Summer Program, and Vermont Studio Center.  She teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco, and lives in San Francisco, CA with her daughter.