Andrea Gibson, Poet and Activist, to perform at Illinois Wesleyan
Jan. 11, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Sponsored by Lyrical Graffiti and IWU Pride Alliance, poet and
activist Andrea Gibson will visit campus on January 19. She will perform at 6:30 p.m.
at the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington). Gibson, described
as someone who “is not gentle with her truths,” has won the Women’s World Poetry Slam
and has performed “powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege,
sexuality, love and spirituality.” She has produced five full-length albums including
the latest installment, Flower Boy, and has published her second book, The Madness Vase. Her work has been featured on numerous televised stations including BBC, Air America,
C-SPAN and Free Speech TV.
Gibson has been described by award-winning poet, Buddy Wakefield, as one who “does
not just show up to pluck your heart strings. She sticks around to tune them. If being
floored is new to you, ya might want to grab a cushion. Whatever the opposite of fooling
someone is, Andrea does that. Beware of the highway in her grace and the crowbar in
Cristin O’ Keefe Apotowicz, an American poet and writer, describes Gibson as “a truly
American poet, or rather, she represents the America I want to live in. Her work lights
a candle to lead us where we need to go.” To her fans, Gibson’s rise to the forefront
of the spoken word movement is no surprise, as her evocative and illuminating works
demonstrate her passion for the spoken word and for the cultural, political, and societal
issues that permeate our world. She often deals with gender norms, struggles and inequalities
facing the LGBTQ community, anti-war themes, and the wrongs of white supremacy, patriarchy
For additional information, contact Natalie Lalagos ‘12 at email@example.com or Stephen Whitfield ‘14 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Courtney Conzelman, ’12, (309) 556-3181, email@example.com