Andrea Gibson

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Andrea Gibson (born August 13, 1975) is an award-winning poet and activist who lives in Boulder, Colorado. Her poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, social reform and the struggles LGBTQ people face in today's society. On top of using poetry to express what she feels and provide social and political commentary on real issues, she is involved with many activist groups. She often performs at Take Back the Night events, LGBTQ events, pride events, trans* events, anti-war rallies, peace rallies, organizations against the occupation of Palestine, and groups focused on examining the wrongs of capitalism, patriarchy and white supremacy. She also works with a group called Vox Feminista whose model is to "comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable" on all these issues.

Gibson grew up in Calais, Maine. She is the daughter of Mark and Shirley Gibson, and has one sister, Laura, whom she mentions in her poem 'Titanic'. She attended Saint Joseph's College of Maine. Later, she moved to New Orleans with her girlfriend. In 1999, the two moved to Boulder, Colorado She went to her first open-mic in Denver.[1] A four-time Denver Grand Slam Champion, Gibson finished fourth at the 2004 National Poetry Slam, and she finished third at both the 2006 and 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam.[2][3] In 2008, Gibson became the first poet ever to win the Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) in Detroit.[4]

In 2011, Write Bloody Publishing published Andrea Gibson's 6th book, "The Madness Vase". In 2009, they published her first syndicated work, Pole Dancing To Gospel Hymns, She also has self-published four books: Trees that Grow in Cemeteries, Yellow Bird, What the Yarn Knows of Sweaters, and Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns.

Discography[edit]

  • Bullets and Windchimes (2003)
  • Swarm (2004)
  • When the bough breaks (2006)
  • Yellowbird (2009)
  • Flower Boy (2011)
  • Truce (2013)

Yellowbird, her third most recent album, incorporates music and song throughout the album. Andrea professes that she always writes to music and so it was natural to put music together for the album. This album was also her effort to write about what she was afraid to write about. This theme is continued through many of the poems in her second most recent album, Flower Boy.

On August 29th 2013 Andrea announced through social media that she will be releasing a new album titled "Truce" in early October 2013. Along with the album announcement she presented a string of new tour dates in the United States. On the same day, she also released a single from Truce titled "Panic Button Collector".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peiken, Matt. "Andrea Gibson isn't in it to win", Metaphor Magazine, April 30, 2007. Accessed February 10, 2008.
  2. ^ International Poetry Slam Final Results. gotpoetry.com. February 5, 2006
  3. ^ Ed Mabrey wins the Individual World Poetry Slam. Gotpoetry.com. February 3, 2007. Retrieved on 2012-05-28.
  4. ^ About the first WOWps slam; Detroit, Michigan, March 13–15 2008. Wow.poetryslam.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-28.

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