Literary performer and educator, Regie Gibson, has lectured & performed in the U.S., Cuba & Europe. Representing the U.S., Regie competed for & received both the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy & the Europa en Versi Award for performance poetry in LaGuardia di Como, Italy. Himself & his work appear in "love jones”: a feature-film based on events in his life. He is a former National Poetry Slam Champion, has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, On Point, Radio Boston, & other NPR programs. Regie has performed at several TED X events & has been nominated for a Boston Emmy.
He’s received the Walker Scholarship for Poetry from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, a Mass Cultural Council Award, the Lexington Education Foundation Grant for poetry, a YMCA Writer’s Fellowship & the Brother Thomas Fellowship from The Boston Foundation. He’s served as a consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts “How Art Works” initiative & the “Mere Distinction of Color”: an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier examining the legacy of slavery & the U.S. constitution. Regie has performed with & composed texts for, The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale & Handel+Haydn Society. He’s been published in Poetry Magazine, Harvard’s Divinity Magazine, & The Iowa Review, among others. His volume of poems, “Storms Beneath the Skin” has received the Golden Pen Award. He has received two Live Arts Boston grants for the development of his first play, "The Juke: A Blues Bacchae", in which he uses ancient Greek tragedy to explore African-American spiritual & musical culture. He is one half of the duo, Shakespeare to Hip-Hop: An education & performance vehicle combining Shakespeare scholarship and texts with jazz, blues, pop, funk, & country music. He teaches at Clark University & works with members of the Red Cross-Red Crescent Climate Center (Hague, Netherlands) to craft language regarding issues of climate change.
Regie, when you perform, you are supersonic and in the stratosphere, where you can see that the Earth really is a ball, moist, blue-green. Regie, you sing and chant for all of us. Nobody gets left out.