BINDERY: Launch for Heather June Gibbons / Her Mouth as Souvenir

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

The Bindery hosts the launch event for Heather June GibbonsHer Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize.


The event will include a short reading, Q&A, and book-signing, and a visual art installation by Angela Willetts. Also, crafts! Come and make your own collage postcard. Keep it as a souvenir, or send it to one of your representatives. We'll have stamps, addresses, and information on hand. 


About Her Mouth as Souvenir:

In a startling voice propelled by desire and desperation on the verge of laughter, these poems leap from the mundane to the sublime, from begging to bravado, from despair to reverie, revealing the power that comes from hanging on by a thread. Poet Heather June Gibbons conjures belief in the absence of faith, loneliness in the digital age, beauty in the face of absurdity —all through the cataract of her sunglasses’ cracked lens. In this debut collection, we are shown a world so turbulent, anxious, and beautiful, we know it must be ours. Under pressure, these poems sing. Includes a fore-word by Jericho Brown. 




“Not since Josh Bell’s No Planets Strike have I encountered an emerging poet's book that took the top of my head off with as sure a slice as Heather June Gibbon’s Her Mouth as Souvenir. Her language is wicked, syncopated and full of canny stings, with a quality of idiosyncratic consciousness that’s ut-terly contemporary. This is a singular collection, serving notice that Gibbons is a force with whom poetry readers will be thrilled to reckon.” Erin Belieu, author of Six Slant and Black Box 


“Part garage-rock, part requiem, part power ballad, Gibbons' book is a whirl-ing ‘study in loss.’ These pulsing poems sing, shout, and interrogate everything from desire to the digital age to a Mid-western waterpark, while luring us into their restless beauty, fervor and humor. Her Mouth as Souvenir is both torch and torch singer as it shines its light into our mouths, illuminating us.”  Simone Muench, author of Wolf Centos 



Heather June Gibbons was born in Utah and grew up on an island in Washington state. She is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize and forthcoming from the University of Utah Press. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Sore Songs (Dancing Girl Press), and Flyover(Q Avenue Press). Her poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including Blackbird, Boston ReviewDrunken BoatGulf CoastIndiana ReviewjubilatNew American Writing, and West Branch. She received an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Callen Graduate Scholarship, and she has been the recipient of a Full Fellowship Residency from the Vermont Studio Center, the Pavel Strut Poetry Fellowship from the Prague Summer Program, the Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Harold Taylor Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Heather teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, and in the community as a Teaching Artist for Performing Arts Workshop, a youth education non-profit. She lives in San Francisco.



Please note: this event will be at The Bindery at 1727 Haight.


This is an all ages event. The bar opens at 7, event begins at 7:30pm.


RSVP appreciated but not required


If you cannot attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of Her Mouth as Souvenir, order below and put your request in the comments field.

Her Mouth as Souvenir (Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry) By Heather June Gibbons Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607816300
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: University of Utah Press - June 30th, 2018