Poet Andrea Gibson to perform a free show April 20 on the UA campus

The University of Arkansas will host a free performance by poet/activist Andrea Gibson Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. inside RZs in the campus Student Union. The event will feature an open mic for students and non-students before the performance and a poetry slam after the performance.

Gibson has headlined from coast to coast with readings on politics, global justice and gender issues. She recently began incorporating music into her work. Her latest album, Yellowbird, includes piano, global drums, dobro guitar, violin and other music alongside her poetry.

She won the 2008 Women of The World Poetry Slam, and placed third in the world the past three years at the Individual World Poetry Slam. She has also won a DIY Poetry Book of the Year and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her first book, “Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns”. She has been showcased on Free Speech TV, the documentary Slam Planet, NPR, Air America and independent radio stations nationwide.

This event is sponsored by University Programs Coffeehouse Committee and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact committee chair Helen Chase at [email protected] or call 479-575-5255.