( 1951- )
P. (Patricia) J. (Joann) Gibson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but raised in Washington, D.C., and Trenton, New Jersey. She holds a BA degree in English and religion from Keuka College, Keuka Park, New York ( 1973) and an MFA in theatre from Brandeis University ( 1975) under a Shubert Fellowship. She also studied under J. P. Miller, the author of Days of Wine and Roses.
Gibson, who began her writing career at the age of nine, has produced over thirty plays in addition to poetry and prose. She is currently working on two novels ( Neidyana and The Cyclic) and a collection of erotic short stories, portions of which have appeared in the Doubleday anthology Erotique Noir--Black Erotica. She has also written a screenplay for Bill Cosby and an episode for the "Edge of Night" daytime drama.
An educator as well as a writer, Gibson is an assistant professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, where she teaches literature, English, and creative writing courses. She teaches a course in black theatre at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and spends her summers at the University of California-Berkeley, where she teaches theatre, English, and film-related courses. P. J. Gibson has taught playwriting at the Bushfire Theatre in Philadelphia and at Playwrights Horizons in New York, the city she currently calls home.
P. J. Gibson's plays generally explore the psychic scars and personal joys of relationships in their myriad forms. She also chronicles the historical journey of blacks in the American landscape. The historical drama My Mark, My Name is