Andrea Gibson (born August 13, 1975) is an award-winning poet and activist who lives in Boulder, Colorado. Their poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, social reform and the struggles LGBTQ people face in today's society. In addition to using poetry to express what they feel and provide social and political commentary on real issues, they are involved with many activist groups. They often perform 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. They also work with a group called Vox Feminista whose model is to "comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable" on all these issues. Throughout the year, they tour Universities and other venues across the country.
Gibson grew up in Calais, Maine. They are the child of Mark and Shirley Gibson, and have one sister, Laura, who is mentioned in their poem 'Titanic'. They grew up in a Baptist home and attended Saint Joseph's College of Maine. Later, they moved to New Orleans with their girlfriend. In 1999, the two moved to Boulder, Colorado. They went to their first open-mic in Denver. A four-time Denver Grand Slam Champion, Gibson finished fourth at the 2004 National Poetry Slam, and they finished third at both the 2006 and 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2008, Gibson became the first poet ever to win the Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) in Detroit.
In 2011, Write Bloody Publishing published Andrea Gibson's 6th book, "The Madness Vase". In 2009, they published Gibson's first syndicated work, Pole Dancing To Gospel Hymns. Gibson has also self-published four books: Trees that Grow in Cemeteries, Yellow Bird, What the Yarn Knows of Sweaters, Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns," and "Pansy".
Yellowbird, their third album, incorporates music and song throughout the album. Andrea professes that they always write to music and so it was natural to put music together for the album. This album was also their effort to write about what they were afraid to write about. This theme is continued through many of the poems in their second most recent album, Flower Boy.
On August 29, 2013 Andrea announced through social media that they will be releasing a new album titled "Truce" in early October 2013. Along with the album announcement they presented a string of new tour dates in the United States. On the same day, they also released a single from Truce titled "Panic Button Collector".
Andrea Gibson also goes by Andrew. Their preferred personal pronoun is singular they, and they have written many poems about gender identity, such as "Swing set" and "Andrew".
- Bullets and Windchimes (2003)
- Swarm (2004)
- When the Bough Breaks (2006)
- Yellowbird (2009)
- Flower Boy (2011)
- Truce (2013)
- Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns (2006)
- The Madness Vase (2012)
- Pansy (2015)
- Peiken, Matt. "Andrea Gibson isn't in it to win", Metaphor Magazine, April 30, 2007. Accessed February 10, 2008.
- International Poetry Slam Final Results. gotpoetry.com. February 5, 2006
- Ed Mabrey wins the Individual World Poetry Slam. Gotpoetry.com. February 3, 2007. Retrieved on 2012-05-28.
- About the first WOWps slam; Detroit, Michigan, March 13–15 2008. Wow.poetryslam.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-28.
- "AMA with Andrea Gibson on reddit" August 10, 2014