Multi-Talented Artist Regie Gibson Performs in Chapel
Poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator Regie Gibson performed recently in a special chapel at the invitation of English teacher Jeanne Tift.
Gabe Peterkin ’19, himself a creative writer, poet, and music enthusiast, introduced Mr. Gibson, telling the audience Mr. Gibson has performed, taught, and lectured at schools, universities, theaters, and various venues on two continents and in seven countries. Representing the U.S., Mr. Gibson competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He is a National Poetry Slam Champion and is widely published in anthologies, magazines, and journals such as The Iowa Review, Harvard Divinity Magazine, Poetry Magazine, Spoken Word Revolution, The Good Men Project, and several others. His full-length book of poetry, Storms Beneath the Skin, was published in 2001 and received the Golden Pen Award. In 2005 Mr. Gibson was featured on the PBS Arts magazine- Art Close-Up and was subsequently nominated for a Boston Grammy.
Mr. Gibson delivered a riveting performance that encompassed poetry, music, and narrative. He said his mission today was not to get the audience to write poetry. “What I really care about is that you come to see the world poetically,” he explained. “Not that you know how to rhyme words but that you understand that words have correspondences with each other…that we have correspondences with each other. That we are better when we come together.”
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