Margaret Gibson, the current Connecticut Poet Laureate, is the author of twelve books of poetry, all from LSU Press, most recently Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (2018). Her awards include the Lamont Prize for Long Walks in the Afternoon (1982) and the Connecticut Book Award in Poetry for One Body (2008). The Vigil was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry in 1993. Gibson has also written a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter (University of Missouri Press, 2008). She is a professor emerita at University of Connecticut and lives in Preston, Connecticut.