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Andrea Gibson (2014)

Andrea Gibson 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. On top of 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. Gibson grew up in Calais, Maine. They are the child of Mark and Shirley Gibson, and have one sister, Laura, whom they mention in their poem 'Titanic'. They grew up in a Baptist home. They 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.

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About the Andrea Gibson Interview

I am Andrea Gibson. I’m a queer performance poet with panic attacks and extreme stage fright who has been touring full time for over decade. I was raised in the Baptist Church in a small town in the woods of northern Maine. I won the first Women’s World Poetry Slam, have released 6 albums, published two books, and in 2010 one of my poems was read in lieu of morning prayer by a house representative at the Utah State Legislature. I’m co-founder of “STAY HERE WITH ME” http://stayherewithme.com, an online community that uses art and shame-free discussions to aid in suicide prevention. I have a dog named Squash and she is my beating heart with fur and legs. Here is proof that it's me: https://app.box.com/s/p8i3lk0f7nw0w3013pjk

Update: Thank you so much for your questions. So wonderful sharing time with all of you! Take care of each other. love, a

Andrea Gibson Aug 10, 2014