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 her verse.”

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 and capitalism.

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Contact: Courtney Conzelman, ’12, (309) 556-3181,