ANDREA GIBSON in conversation with MALLORY HELLMAN*
Join us at Prairie Lights to celebrate Andrea Gibson’s new collection, Lord of the Butterflies. The evening will feature a reading by Andrea following by a Q&A led by Mallory Hellman, director of the Iowa Youth Writing Project. In a fierce oscillation between activism and love, Andrea Gibson’s newest triumph, Lord of the Butterflies, is a masterful showcase from the renowned poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. An artful and nuanced look at gender, romance, loss, and family, this is also a book of protest. While rioting against gun violence, homophobia, and white supremacy, Gibson celebrates gender expansion, queer love, and the will to stay alive. Each emotion in Lord of the Butterflies is deft and delicate, resting within imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.
One of the most celebrated and successful poets of our time, Andrea Gibson began their career in 1999 with a break-up poem at an open mic in Boulder, Colorado. In 2008, Gibson leapt into the forefront of the national spoken word poetry scene when they won the first ever Woman of the World Poetry Slam. Gibson is the author of four previous books of poetry and has released seven spoken-word albums. The honesty of Gibson’s work makes audiences and readers feel welcome as they are. Book signing to follow. ***Tickets are not required, but space may be limited!! To reserve a space, call or visit Prairie Lights to buy a copy of the book and receive a ticket to the event with it. We will give ticketholders priority seating.