Andrea Gibson, an award-winning and world-renowned slam poet and activist, was the first winner of the Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2009. Her poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, social reform and the struggles queer people face in today’s society. She uses poetry to express what she feels and to provide social and political commentary on real issues. She is involved with many activist groups, especially those that focus on examining the wrongs of capitalism, patriarchy and white supremacy. She often performs at Take Back the Night Events, LGBT and Pride events, Anti-war and Peace rallies, and organizations against the occupation of Palestine. The subject matter of Andrea Gibson’s poems are stimulating, tear-jerking and hopeful. Her words speak to those among us who sometimes want to give up because of socially oppressive constructs, shake those who are comfortable out of their complacency, and will leave everyone feeling enlightened, inspired and electrified.
Jes Kramer is a one-woman band from Grand Rapids, MI. She started playing shows at 17, learning how to loop and layer, and released her first full length album in December of 2008. Kramer puts a keyboard-heavy twist on the singer song-writer. More info on Jes Kramer can be found at http://jeskramer.com/
“Circle, Get Square!” is a two piece folks outfit with heartfelt lyrics and harmonious dynamic. The project has been playing in Kalamazoo on and off for 6 years. They describe themselves as melancholy pop/folk music and will be sure to deliver a stellar performance.
The location for the event is at the Wesley Foundation, 2101 Wilbur Ave (by the flagpoles on WMU’s campus) on Saturday, October 26th. Doors open at 7:30p.m. and the event starts at 8:00p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation with all proceeds going to the Kalamazoo Queer Youth Theatre.
This event is brought to you by The Kalamazoo Peace Center (www.kzoopeacenter.org) and OUTSPOKEN and is SAF funded and funded through WSA-allocations.