A night of spoken word with nationally-known poet Andrea Gibson,
w/ Nicole Wilkinson, Denali Gillaspie, and Susan Peiffer
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her 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.
Her 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. Andrea Gibson was born in Calais, Maine in 1975 and now resides in Boulder, Colorado. Now, on her fifth full-length album FLOWER BOY and her 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. Her verse is at once personal and political, feminist and universal, filled with incinerating verbs and metaphor, and delivered with gut punching urgency."
— Metaphor Media
"Andrea Gibson's work is at once deeply haunting and profoundly inspiring. Her words cut so sharply and completely they cannot be shaken. To call her one of the best poets is a gross understatement. She is a rare artist who forever changes those who experience her poems."
— Carlos Andrés Gómez, author/actor
ABOUT THE OPENERS:
A multigenerational trio of talented locally-connected poets will be opening Andrea's show. Nicole Wilkinson is a current student at Colorado College, Denver-native, and editor of Wilde Magazine, a journal of queer art and literature. Denali Gillaspie is a graduate of Colorado College who currently lives in Tulsa, OK, working with the community youth poetry organization Louder Than A Bomb. Slam-Ma'am Susan Peiffer has been performing her poetry onstage since 2007, and co-curates the Hear, Here! Open Mic series in Colorado Springs. Susan took the Hear, Here! Colorado Springs Poetry Slam team to the Nationals last year, and we are thrilled to welcome all of these talented poets to the Ivywild!