Robert Gibb was born in the steel town of Homestead, Pennsylvania. He is the author of seven books of poetry: The Names of the Earth in Summer (Stone Country’s 10th Anniversary Award Volume, 1983); The Winter House (Devin’s Award Finalist, University of Missouri Press, 1984); Momentary Days (Camden Poetry Award, Walt Whitman Center, 1989); Fugue for a Late Snow (University of Missouri Press, 1993); The Origins of Evening (National Poetry Series Winner; W.W. Norton and Company, 1999); The Burning World (University of Arkansas Press, 2004); and World over Water (University of Arkansas Press, 2007). What the Heart Can Bear, a book of selected poems, was published by Autumn House Press in 2009. Other awards include a Pushcart Prize, seven Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants, The Wildwood Poetry Prize, and the Devil’s Millhopper Chapbook Prize. He lives on New Homestead hill above the Monongahela River.