Poet Robert Gibb was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania. He earned a BA from Kutztown University, an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD from Lehigh University. He is the author of The Homestead Trilogy, a cycle of poems detailing the history and culture of a steel-working town. The trilogy consists of the poetry collections The Origins of Evening (1997), selected by Eavan Boland for the National Poetry Series; The Burning World (2004); and World over Water (2007).

Gibb’s other collections include Fugue for a Late Snow (1993) and What the Heart Can Bear: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1979–1993 (2009).

The recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Gibb has also won a Pushcart Prize and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.