W.O.R.D.S. To Host ‘Identity+’ Slam Poetry Show Exploring Intersectionality

Penn State Writers Organized to Represent Diverse Stories (W.O.R.D.S.) will partner with the Asian-Pacific American Caucus and the Student Programming Association to host slam poetry show “Identity+” tonight at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall focused on intersectionality.

In addition to performances by W.O.R.D.S., the event will feature activist poet Fong Tran as emcee and award-winning spoken word artist Andrea Gibson as the headliner.

Tran speaks on social justice and intersectionality and has been featured at events like the Mahogany open mic series, Luna poetry series, and the DVAN National Poetry Festival.

Gibson writes about politics, gender norms, and the LGBTQA+ community. After winning the Denver Grand Slam four times, Gibson has placed fourth at the National Poetry Slam, third at the Individual World Poetry Slam, and first at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

The show is sponsored by UPAC and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. Food will be provided and the performance will be followed by a short meet and greet with Tran and Gibson. Gibson will also hold a writing workshop on gender theory at noon Tuesday in 134 HUB.


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