Yale Students Gather To Read Poems And Inspire ‘Radical Voice’

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Yale University will hold a workshop Tuesday to read poems about patriarchy and capitalism to inspire a “radical voice.”

Numerous Yale-affiliated groups or offices such as Trans@Yale, the LGBTQ Affinity Group, and the English department sponsored the “Spoken Word in Action Workshop” with poet Andrea Gibson.

“Focusing on a myriad of social justice issues we will explore the poets responsibility in the current political climate,” reads the event description on Yale’s website. “We will read and discuss poems by contemporary writers focusing on issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, patriarchy, and capitalism. Afterwhich [sic] we will use the shared poems as writing prompts to inspire our own radical voice.”

Yale’s guest poet, Gibson, was the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam and will perform in various venues across the United States and Canada during the next six months.

Gibson, who identifies as “queer,” addresses issues such as sexuality and gender in her poetry.

She has also tweeted about President Donald Trump.”He’s supported by the KKK and we still couldn’t imagine how many people were hiding their votes beneath white sheets?” she tweeted on Nov. 9, 2016.

Tom Conroy, a spokesman for Yale, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that he did not have any additional information pertaining to the event.

Gibson did not return TheDCNF’s request for comment.

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This post has been updated to include Yale University’s response to TheDCNF.  

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