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Gabrielle Civil, A.B. Comparative Literature, Creative Writing (Poetry) and French; M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature

St. Kate's Connection
Associate Professor of English; Affiliated Faculty, Women's Studies and Critical Studies of Race & Ethnicity; Faculty Mentor for St. Kate's Poetry Circle

Most Notable Accomplishment
"Receiving the 2004-05 College of St. Catherine Faculty Teaching and Advising Award -- especially tremendous because my colleagues are some of the most inspiring and innovative teachers in the world."

Why Poetry Matters
"Sensuous, cerebral, artful and elaborate, poetry is the anti-sound bite. More than maintaining the status quo, it pushes us to listen, speak, think and see in new ways. Even more, to paraphrase black feminist poet Audre Lorde, 'it is the quality of light by which we see ourselves.'"

Favorite Activities
"Reading, writing and talking about poems, making and seeing art, laughing with friends, traveling the world and buying shoes."

Favorite St. Kate's Memory
"Watching the indefatigable leadership council of the St. Kate's Poetry Circle win an Abigail Quigley McCarthy Student Leadership Award. The passion and commitment of these students to poetry and community certainly made me proud."
Gabrielle Civil

Gabrielle Civil

Photo by Tony Nelson