Update: Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather, we have had to cancel this event with Andrea Gibson.
We will work with their team to reschedule this event, but it may not be until the fall term due to their tour that starts tomorrow! Andrea and their team have been gracious through this cancellation process and we look forward to bringing them back to Lane and sharing their powerful voice with our students and community.
If you registered for the event, we have a record of your email and will notify you of future planning.
EUGENE, Ore. – Spoken-word poet and activist Andrea Gibson visits Lane Community College main campus on Monday, February 25, for a free public reading in support of their latest book, “Lord of the Butterflies,” at 6 p.m. in the Center for Meeting and Learning, building 19, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene. The event is free. A wait list is available for tickets, which are required by registering online.
“Lord of the Butterflies” explores the delicate balances of life: love and loss, joy and pain, and rails against the off-kilter: gun violence, homophobia, and white supremacy. Gibson’s work delves into their own experiences with identity as genderqueer (someone who identifies as neither male or female) and examines gender norms and the intersectionality of gender and race. (Gibson uses the pronouns they, them, and their.)
Gibson’s poetry addresses issues that threaten the health and well-being of our society, said Paul Jarrell, Lane’s vice president of Academic and Student Affairs.
“Issues around politics, race, social justice, gender norms, and LGBTQ+ rights jeopardize our students’ safety and success on a regular basis,” Jarrell said. “Andrea Gibson's poetry tackles these issues head on and challenges us to do the same. I am looking forward to their words and being challenged to make a difference."
In advance of Gibson’s visit, Lane’s archives librarian Kristin Gustafson has planned a creative arts workshop for Lane students to explore gender and sexual identity through photos and writings from Lane’s archives in the 1968-69 school year. The artwork created in the workshop will be exhibited at the Feb. 25 public reading.
Gibson’s stop in Eugene is their first on a four-month, North American tour to support their new book – their fourth full-length poetry collection. In addition, Gibson's body of work includes seven spoken-word albums and an illustrated book of their most memorable quotes.
For accommodations to attend this event, contact the Center for Accessible Resources at (541) 463-5150 (voice), 711 (relay), or email AccessibleResources@lanecc.edu one week in advance.
For more information about Gibson, visit:
- Web: www.AndreaGibson.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/andreagibsonpoetry
- Insta: Instagram.com/andrewgibby
- Twitter: @andreagibson
- Photos: (Credit: Coco Aramaki)
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