Joynes Event: Poetry SLAM

Thu, February 21, 2013 | Joynes Reading Room, Carothers Residence Hall

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Anis Mojgani (l) and Andrea Gibson
Anis Mojgani (l) and Andrea Gibson

Tickets and books have all been distributed and are no longer available.


Poetry slam featuring national champion Anis Mojgani and Andrea Gibson.

Anis Mojgani and Andrea Gibson are two of the most accomplished and most recognized slam poets in the world. They'll perform together in the Joynes Reading Room on Thursday night, February 21st, at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but will require a ticket for admission. Tickets may be claimed in person at the front desk of the Joynes Reading Room (CRD 007) while supplies last.

Honors students may also sign up to participate in a discussion of slam poetry led by Susan B.A. Somers-Willett (author of two poetry monographs and one book of criticism), at noon on Feb. 21. Students who attend both the noon discussion group and the slam will receive a free book by Mojgani or Gibson. For more information, call 512-471-5787.


Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam. A TEDx Speaker and former resident of the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program, Anis has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe. He has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations, and his work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in the pages of such journals as Rattle, Used Furniture Review, Muzzle, and The Lumberyard. A founding member of the touring Poetry Revival, Anis is also the author of two poetry collections, both published by Write Bloody Publishing: Over the Anvil We Stretch (2008) and The Feather Room (2011). Originally from New Orleans, he currently lives in Austin TX in a little house with his wife.

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement– the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry SlamGibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.

Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.

Now, on her fifth full-length album FLOWER BOY and her second book THE MADNESS VASE, Gibson’s poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart’s most compassionate room.

Sponsored by: The Mary Lu Joynes endowment in the Plan II Honors Program.

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