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“Andrea Gibson is an amazing queer, spoken-word poet who can make you weep with a heart-wrenching love poem and then swiftly inspire you to action with a powerful political poem.”  — Seventeen

In a fierce oscillation between activism and love, Andrea Gibson’s newest literary 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.

Winner of the first ever Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2008, Andrea Gibson remains one of the most captivating performers in the spoken word poetry scene today. Known for pulling hearts out of chests to either wrench or kiss, Gibson has authored four full-length collections of poems, an illustrated book of their most memorable quotes (Take Me With You, Penguin 2018), and has released seven beloved albums.

“The first winner of the ‘Women of the World Poetry Slam,’ Andrea is no stranger to confronting inequality with compassion. They continue to bring raw, confessional poetry to audiences throughout America, delivering powerful, heartfelt readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love and spirituality.” — Los Angeles Times

“Andrea Gibson is a writer with a mission. The poet and spoken word performer can be counted among the ranks of artists like Catherine Opie and Alison Bechdel as part of the movement to create a space for the LGBTQ+ community to be heard, accepted, and understood. Gibson has built a fanbase on YouTube by sharing artful performance videos that capture their experience as a genderqueer poet tackling political issues in a raw, unafraid way.” — BRIT + CO