Andrea Gibson

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Andrea Gibson
Born (1975-08-13) August 13, 1975 (age 45)
Known forSpoken word poetry, activism
Notable work
Hey Galaxy, Lord of the Butterflies, Take Me With You
AwardsFour-time Denver Grand Slam Champion, Women of the World Poetry Slam champion 2008
Websitehttps://www.andreagibson.org/

Andrea Gibson (born August 13, 1975) is an American poet and activist from Calais, Maine, who has lived in Boulder, Colorado since 1999. Their poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, social reform, and the struggles LGBTQ people face in today's society.

Personal life[edit]

Gibson grew up in Calais, Maine. They have one sister, Laura, who is mentioned in a poem "The Moon Is a Kite". Growing up in a Baptist home and attending local schools, they later attended Saint Joseph's College of Maine.

Moving with a girlfriend, Gibson lived for a time in New Orleans, and later the two moved in 1999 to Boulder, Colorado, where they settled. They went to their first open-mic in Denver, where Gibson was inspired to become a spoken word artist.[1]

Gibson uses gender-neutral pronouns, specifically they/their. Many of their poems are about gender identity, such as "Swing Set" and "Andrew".[2] Gibson has said, regarding gender, "I don't necessarily identify within a gender binary. I've never in my life really felt like a woman and I've certainly never felt like a man. I look at gender on a spectrum and I feel somewhere on that spectrum that's not landing on either side of that."[3]

Poetry[edit]

A four-time Denver Grand Slam Champion, Gibson finished fourth at the 2004 National Poetry Slam, and third at both the 2006 and 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam.[4][5] In 2008, Gibson became the first poet ever to win the Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) in Detroit.[6]

In 2008, Gibson published their first book, Pole Dancing To Gospel Hymns. This was followed by The Madness Vase and Pansy, all published by Write Bloody Publishing. Gibson has also written and published Take Me With You, a book of quotes and phrases and illustrated by Sarah J. Coleman. Most recently, they came out with Lord of the Butterflies.[7]

The albumYellowbird incorporates music with spoken word. Confronting fear was a theme in poems of the following album, Flower Boy. Gibson also released Truce in 2013, followed by Hey Galaxy in 2018.[7]

Gibson cites Sonya Renee Taylor, Derrick Brown, Anis Mojgani, Patricia Smith, and Mary Oliver as influences.[8] Throughout the year, Gibson tours universities and other venues across the country.

Gibson often performs poems at Button Poetry.[9]

Activism[edit]

In addition to using poetry to provide social and political commentary on gender and LGBTQ issues, Gibson is involved with many activist groups, and also performs at Take Back the Night events. For twenty years, Gibson performed with Vox Feminista, a "performance tribe of radical feminists bent on social change through cultural revolution."[3]

In 2013, alongside Kelsey Gibb, Gibson launched the website and support system, Stay Here With Me. The tumblr account for Stay Here With Me presents it as "an interactive, safe space offering collective support while encouraging individual healing to keep those who visit alive today, and wanting to stay alive until tomorrow."[10]

Discography[edit]

  • Bullets and Windchimes (2003)
  • Swarm (2004)
  • When the Bough Breaks (2006)
  • Yellowbird (2009)
  • Flower Boy (2011)
  • Truce (2013)
  • Hey Galaxy (2018)

Books[edit]

  • Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns (2008)
  • The Madness Vase (2012)
  • Pansy (2015)
  • Take Me With You (2018)
  • Lord of the Butterflies (2018)
  • How Poetry Can Change Your Heart – with Megan Falley (2019)

Awards and Honors[edit]

Gibson is a four-time Denver Grand Slam Champion. They placed fourth in the 2004 National Poetry Slam and third in the 2006 and 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam. Gibson was the first person to win the Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2008.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peiken, Matt. "Andrea Gibson isn't in it to win Archived July 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine", Metaphor Magazine, April 30, 2007. Accessed February 10, 2008.
  2. ^ "AMA with Andrea Gibson", Reddit, 10 August 2014
  3. ^ a b Notaro, Tig (2015-04-22). "The Pioneering Poet". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  4. ^ International Poetry Slam Final Results Archived October 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. gotpoetry.com. February 5, 2006
  5. ^ Ed Mabrey wins the Individual World Poetry Slam Archived October 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Gotpoetry.com. February 3, 2007. Retrieved on 2012-05-28.
  6. ^ About the first WOWps slam; Detroit, Michigan, March 13–15 2008. Wow.poetryslam.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-28.
  7. ^ a b Gibson, Andrea. "Music & Books | Music & Books". Andrea Gibson. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  8. ^ ""I am always in the process of becoming": Andrea Gibson In Conversation With Eyezine | EYEZINE". EYEZINE. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  9. ^ "andrea gibson Archives". Button Poetry. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  10. ^ "stayherewithme". stayherewithus.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  11. ^ "National Poetry Month: Andrea Gibson - English | Colorado State University". Retrieved 2019-04-27.

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