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Creativity Talks: A conversation with Andrea Gibson, Facilitated by Ahmunet Jessica Jordon

October  16, 2014
7:00 pm


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Creativity Talks: A conversation with Andrea Gibson, Facilitated by Ahmunet Jessica Jordon

Join Andrea Gibson and Ahmunet Jessica Jordon for a raw, intimate dialogue exploring the creative process in relationship to shame, illness, sexuality, love and all the grittiness in between to inspire, bring awareness and honor the importance of art in a pluralistic society.

Don't miss Andrea's spoken word performance the next night (Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8:00pm) at the Nourse Theatre. 

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.

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.

Andrea Gibson was born in Calais, Maine in 1975 and now resides in Boulder, Colorado.

"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 is a truly American poet, or rather, she represents the America I want to live in. Her work lights a candle to lead us where we need to go."
                                                                                                        -Cristin O' Keefe Aptowicz

"Andrea Gibson does not just show up to pluck your heart strings. She sticks around to tune them. If being floored is new to you, ya might want to grab a cushion. Whatever the opposite of fooling someone is, Andrea does that. Beware of the highway in her grace and the crowbar in her verse."
                                                                                                        -Buddy Wakefield-award winning poet


"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

Thursday, October 16, 2014
San Francisco LGBT Community Center                                                       
$20 (General Admission) / $25 at the door
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Can't make it on Thursday?   Come to Andrea Gibson's performance!
Friday, October 17, 2014
Nourse Theater                                                            
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This event is sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts

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San Francisco LGBT Community Center
1800 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


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The MFA in Writing and Consciousness is part of the Department of Writing, Consciousness and Creative Inquiry. We welcome writers and artists who are ready to do the following: Enhance their art, craft, and knowledge of both literature and consciousness, while taking their writing to a deeper level; Acquire professional skills such as teaching, grantwriting, editing, publishing and freelance writing; Develop experimental, multigenre, and/or multimedia projects or Work primarily within a single genre, whether fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, staying open to developing their art and craft through the exploration of other genres; Discover new frameworks and meanings for their work as they claim their own literary lineages.