Andrea Gibson is not gentle with their truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led them to the forefront of the spoken word movement– the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam —Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.
Andrea’s work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.
Now, on their fifth full-length album FLOWER BOY and their second book THE MADNESS VASE, Gibson’s poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart’s most compassionate room.
Gibson is among the nation’s most admired and emulated poets. Their verse is at once personal and political, feminist and universal, filled with incinerating verbs and metaphor, and delivered with gut punching urgency.
Andrea Gibson is a truly American poet, or rather, they represent the America I want to live in. Their work lights a candle to lead us where we need to go.
Andrea Gibson does not just show up to pluck your heart strings. They stick 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 their grace and the crowbar in their verse.
Andrea Gibson’s work is at once deeply haunting and profoundly inspiring. Their words cut so sharply and completely they cannot be shaken. To call them one of the best poets is a gross understatement. They are a rare artist who forever changes those who experience their poems.
Andrea Gibson was born in Calais, Maine in 1975 and now resides in Boulder, Colorado.