Alix Olson -- co-sponsored by the UW-Madison LGBT Campus Center

Event date: 
Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 6:00pm

Alix Olson is an internationally touring folk poet and progressive queer artist-activist. One part peace vigil, one part protest rally, and one part joyful raucous concert, Alix ignites audiences everywhere she performs.

The New York Times says Alix is “fueling the never-ending struggle to promote independent thought. Igniting and inspiring audiences wherever she may travel, Olson uses her witty and sympathetic voice to highlight a grassroots struggle against intolerance that is as entertaining as it is poignant,” while TimeOut New York calls her “a mesmerizing firebrand, a joyful dyke-feminist preacher.”

Of her live performances, The Progressive Magazine calls Alix "an electrifying performer who seduces the audience with wit and energy, spinning tales of life on the road between her fiery poems. A sharpshooter with theatrical flair, Olson oozes both love and rage."

Above all, Alix Olson is undaunted by being labeled as "controversial." "I think any artist who confronts the status quo will be targeted as 'controversial'. We will also be called 'angry,' 'aggressive,' 'loud,' or at best, 'idealistic,' so that we are discounted, backed into a corner, and our power is deflated. But I have never been intimidated by words, because they've always been on my side."

Event address: 
A Room Of One's Own Bookstore
307 W Johnson St
53703-2218 Madison
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution Cover Image
By Alix Olson (Editor), Eve Ensler (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781580052214
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Seal Press (CA) - September 1st, 2007