Andrea Gibson is our Poet of the Day! We absolutely love their poem, “I Sing the Body Electric, Especially When My Power’s Out,” and have included it in the video above.
Andrea Gibson has taken the poetry community by storm with their poems on gender, war, class, equality, and sexuality. At 39, Gibson has six collections of poetry, Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns, The Madness Vase, Trees That Grow in Cemeteries, Yellow Bird, What the Yarn Knows of Sweaters, and Pansy. Alongside their written collections, they often perform their poems around the country and in videos that can be found on their website, http://www.andreagibson.org/poems. The Wellesley College community was even lucky enough to host Gibson on campus earlier this semester for a performance.
Andrea was born in Calais, Maine in 1975 to Mark and Shirley Gibson. Although they spend a great deal of their time touring the country for performances, they spent the majority of their upbringing in Maine, even attending the Saint Joseph’s College of Maine for university. After graduation, Gibson moved to New Orleans and then Boulder, Colorado with their girlfriend. Once in Colorado, Gibson began attending local mic nights with their poems. Just five short years later, Gibson had won the Denver Grand Slam four times and took home fourth place in the 2004 National Poetry Slam.
Given that many of their poems are performed, it makes sense that Gibson has an affinity for music. Their book, Yellow Bird, touches on many of these themes–particularly Gibson’s desire to write and study music. To learn more about Gibson, check out their website which has links to performances as well as their Instagram and blog. Their newest book, Pansy, as well as their old collections are available here.