Anna Gibbs

Hi!

My name is Anna McLoud Gibbs. I graduated from Harvard College in 2019 with a major in English and minor in Psychology. Lately I split my time between advising students on Write the World, writing freelance articles, brainstorming new story ideas, and making espresso drinks at my local cafe.

Getting to Where I Am:

Like most people, my love of writing started as a kid with fantasy stories (Magic Tree House, anyone?) until I discovered poetry in middle school. I spent most of high school and college studying and writing poetry with the great Carla Panciera, Peter Sacks, and Jorie Graham. I’ve taught poetry to high schoolers in Shanghai, China, and I’ve retraced the steps of Anna Akhmatova in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In my senior year of college, I took a class with Michael Pollan on narrative science journalism – something I had never heard of before – and fell in love with it. What better way to communicate truth than through stories? Since then, I’ve traveled to Brazil and Denmark to find stories.

What I Believe:

Climate change is real. Even good people care the most when they are personally affected by the issue. Wonder can be found in the smallest and most unlikely of places. Storytelling lets us experience the world like we did as children, seeing everything like it was our first time.
My middle name comes from my great-grandmother Charlotte Taylor’s maiden name, which stretches back to her grandfather Simeon McLoud. He was a fisherman.

I live in the small town of Ipswich near the ocean. It’s a beautiful town full of marshes and salt water. I like to write about plants, sustainability, and scientific curiosities, but my free time consists of bothering my cats and eating avocados.

Bowing not knowing to what,
Anna McLoud