Andrea Gibson

spoken word artist.

This is not typical church.
We will not yell
about sin and hell
for that picture doesn’t work anymore
for those who have worked on factory floors.
We welcome you new crawling psalms,
you drunk choirs
you gouged melodies
you nasty bags of glowing mercy.
We welcome those with unpaid bone tariffs
those raised by the missing
those boys who got lost in the eyes of another boy
those who loved the cities that hated them
those who kept putting on their gloves for boxing the
sanity out
those who couldn’t scratch their golden tickets because
their nails
were ground down from clawing their own way out of
their father’s casket
those who couldn’t get skinny enough to get to the front
of the line
those who couldn’t stand anymore so they built splints out
of words,
out of their own words,
Depth charges, yes!
The choir charging the audience with tambourines in their
teeth, yes!
Kick me when I’m up, yes!
Hallelujah, we are fucked! Yes!

—Derrick Brown

TOUR! TOUR! TOUR!

Thank you to everyone who has been to a show lately!   I have been having such a blast! Houston, New Orleans, Birmingham, Athens, Atlanta, Charlotte, Carrboro, Greenville, St. Louis, Nashville, Asheville, see you very soon!

Headed to OKC with Chris Pureka! Show tonight!!

Headed to OKC with Chris Pureka! Show tonight!!

Hello Everyone! We wanted to let you know that tickets will be sold at the door for tonight’s show in Omaha. So excited to see you all there! 

About 10 years ago someone told me to stop putting every individual cd together by hand. I didn’t listen. Thank god for best friends.

About 10 years ago someone told me to stop putting every individual cd together by hand. I didn’t listen. Thank god for best friends.

Very Excited to announce CHRIS PUREKA will be opening my January tour in Omaha, Kansas City, OKC, Austin, Houston, New Orleans, Birmingham, Athens, Atlanta, Carrboro, NC!!! tickets available @ andreagibson.org

QUEER FOR THE HOLIDAYS

that this is the hardest time of year for many people in my community. that many of my friends will never be welcome “home” for the holidays. that I have friends who have children who will never know their grandparents. that if I went home I would be the only “single” cousin at my grandmother’s house. that I am not single. that there were too many years I did not say, “i am not single.” that for many people, going home is activism. that it’s ok to be “too tired.” that my home is a warm home. that last night my girlfriend was stringing garland around our stairwell. that she made a gluten-free-egg-free-dairy-free version of my grandmother’s banana chocolate chip cookies. that my grandma knitted the best mittens. that “silent night” is playing on repeat on the stereo. that I keep daring myself to go “poetry caroling.” that I am too shy. that I keep thinking: this christmas is gonna be the first christmas someone’s grandfather gets his grandchild’s pronouns right. that I keep thinking: next christmas my girlfriend and I are gonna make peanut brittle for my dad. that christmas lights are bad for the environment and I can’t stop hanging them all over my living room. that I miss nativity scenes, but not the church. that i miss the snow in december in maine. that there are too many people alone tonight. that people say, “merry christmas.” that my friend misspelled “marry” as “merry” in her book of poetry. that i wish everyone in the world could get merried. that joy would come caroling at everyone’s door. that this is the hardest time of year for many people in my community. that leaf. that leaf that makes the table bigger. that’s something i wish i could be.

Holiday Squash.

Holiday Squash.

DC airport. Headed to Colorado.  Univ of Maryland, thank you, thank you!!!

DC airport. Headed to Colorado. Univ of Maryland, thank you, thank you!!!