Poet and activist to perform spoken-word poetry

Andrea Gibson

Andrea Gibson, an award-winning American poet and activist, will give a spoken-word poetry performance on campus on Wednesday, Nov. 8, hosted by the Poynter Fellowship.

The performance will take place 8-9:30 p.m. in  Sudler Hall, 100 Wall St.

Gibson has made a name for themselves as one of today’s most influential poets, particularly in the spoken-word movement. They were the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam, which kick started a tour of headlining performances in venues all over the nation, as well as overseas.

Gibson utilizes poetry as a means of addressing social and political struggles for the LGBTQ community. In their most recently published book, “Take Me With You,” Gibson addresses themes ranging from gender and sexuality to family and forgiveness through a lens of intense imagery and reflection.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Walter Robertson, Susan Glasser, and Bret Stephens.

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