Vivian Gibson was raised on Bernard Street in Mill Creek Valley—454 acres in the heart of downtown St. Louis that comprised the nation’s largest urban-renewal project beginning in 1959. She started writing short stories about her childhood memories of the dying community after retiring at age 66. Her forthcoming book, a memoir titled The Last Children of Mill Creek (Belt Publishing) is scheduled to launch in the Spring of 2020.
Vivian was a contributing playwright of 50in50: Writing Women into Existence (2017) performed at the Billie Holiday Theater in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of a short story: Sunup to Sundown published in St. Louis Anthology (Belt Publishing) June 2019.
For the past eighteen years, there has been a permanent interactive exhibit, The Ross Family, depicting her childhood home in Mill Creek, as part of the Reflections Gallery at The Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.
Vivian received an AFA degree in apparel design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Fontbonne University. Washington University St. Louis honored her as one of its Most Outstanding Students in 2012 when she received her Masters in Nonprofit Management at age 63.
She currently lives less than a mile from what was the historic Mill Creek Valley community in downtown St. Louis that she writes about in her forthcoming memoir. Vivian has two adult children.