Lycoming College to host renowned slam poet

Lycoming College to host renowned slam poet

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Lycoming College Campus Activities Board and Women's and Gender Studies Program will sponsor slam poet and gay rights activist Andrea Gibson on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 9:15 p.m. in Clarke Chapel. Doors open at 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

A powerful live performer who is not gentle with her words, Gibson is the winner of the 2008 Women's World Poetry Slam and has placed third on two International Poetry Slam stages. Her first book, "Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns," won the DIY Poetry Book of the Year and was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

Gibson has been showcased on Free Speech TV, The BBC, Air America, CSPAN and NPR, and was featured in the documentary film "Slam Planet." She has released four full-length albums.

Gibson's work illuminates that the personal is political. Her themes deconstruct gender norms, sexuality, class, patriarchy and white supremacist capitalist culture. Her performance is funded by the Student Senate of Lycoming College and the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by "U.S. News and World Report." Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.