For TAC Staff, andrewgibby is pretty easily our favorite contemporary poet. Last year, they released their 6th album, “Truce”. We also speak about how Andrea views the creative process behind their work.

Also on this episode, Kelsey Gibb! Kelsey and Andrea co-founded stayherewithus (, which serves as an online safe space where community members can share stories, appreciate one another’s art, and speak openly about some of the toughest issues facing young adults today. 

Enjoy the show -MW.

dear little andrea →


dear little andrea,
i know right now they’re telling you jesus walked on water. i want you to know that no matter what you grow up to believe you will never try to wrestle a miracle away from anyone’s reason to live, and you will full heartedly believe the air that you breathe is a miracle, and you won’t settle for poking holes in the lid, even when you want to die, you’ll suddenly notice you’re wearing a seatbelt on your way to the cliff, and you’ll start laughing just in time.

Finally started writing a letter to my younger self for the “Note to Self” project. Check it out:

Warrior, the shatter will let you turn your scars in to paintings and fill the empty between your bones with music

It’s Monday! That means a new and amazing Note To Self is up!


Dear Fourteen Year Old Me,

You don’t realize this now, but you are a Warrior. Surviving the violent thunderstorms that raged inside your childhood home, taming the swarm of bees forced down your throat, and sewing yourself back together after the thieves broke into your body… Resilience seeps out of your pores.  

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Don’t try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer.

Brené Brown

Please stay here with us.

Reason To Stay Here (from community member Ashley!):

Making silly faces in the bathroom mirror whilst brushing your teeth.

Please stay here with us.

When you discover that your soul is boundless, remember that everyone else’s souls are boundless too. →


Dear High School Self,

When you ask the youth minister if your gay friend is going to hell, he will say yes.

When your boyfriend tells you he wouldn’t be with you if you didn’t love the same god, leave him.

When the fissure between what you believe and what your ministry is telling you grows…

We’re So Glad You’re Here.

We’re So Glad You’re Here.

Dear SHWM,

Hello! Thank you for being here. It has been a very busy day but we wanted to let you all know that we appreciate you (so much!) and are so glad you’re here. Please stay here with us.

No matter the type of heart you have, we are so glad you're here! Source:

No matter the type of heart you have, we are so glad you’re here!

In Kindness,
Andrea and Kelsey

Let Us Know:
Is there a song you have been listening to on repeat (or just…

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We admire your hearts, SHWM. <3
We care about you. Please stay here with us.

We admire your hearts, SHWM. <3

We care about you. Please stay here with us.

(Source: praying-to-be-happy-again)

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have
known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss,
and have found their way out of the depths. These persons
have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of
life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep
loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Please stay here with us.

I love who you've become and I'm so grateful that you hung in there. →


Dear 13-Year-Old Me:

I’m proud of you. At the young age of 13 you knew who you were and were
unapologetically unique and full of character. Your sense of fashion was impeccable. Cargo shorts? Linen? Bucket hats? Fuck yes. Your loving demeanor and compassion for others made the world orbit you….