photography by Amy Freeman

“She is that rare spoken word artist whose words were as strong as her performance. She spun together geo-politics, race, class, and gender struggles, prompting the ultimate compliment from one audience member “that was something real” The Nashville Scene

Simple and to the point” Atlanta Journal Constitution

“She blew the place away. She got a standing ovation in the middle of her performance. We’ve had standing ovations before but never in the middle of the performance.” Robin Gunn, Savannah Creative Loafing

“She’s Atlanta ‘s poet, best writing content, best performer, even on an off night. She’s derivative of nothing, except maybe herself.” Karen Garrabrant, Art Amok Slam/ 7 Stages Theatre, Atlanta, GA

“She takes women’s issues out of the bedroom and into the global scene” Kodac Harrison, host, Java Monkey Speaks, Atlanta, GA

“She’s the real deal.” Marc Smith, poet, founder of Poetry Slam, Chicago, IL

“Gypsee Yo had simply bent time. She created a moment so pure and engaging that it passed and seemed to disappear. It was a moment akin to “coming to” while driving across country, one where you blink and look over at the clock and realize that you’ve been somewhere else without leaving the seat.”  J.W.Basilo, Muzzle Magazine

  “As directed by Anderson, Beqo is spellbinding; her energy never flags throughout the 100-minute, intermissionless performance. In the end, hearing “Harabel” is like discovering a stash of poems by an unknown genius. She is both a blazing performer, and writer with an uncommonly fine ear for language. If there is justice in the world, “Harabel” will soar from obscurity and find a broader public. For Beqo is an artist of the first order. A very rare bird, indeed.”  – Wendell Brock, AJC

“You must see Jonida Beqo. She’s one of a kind, and “Harabel” is a transformative experience“- Manning Harris, Atlanta Intown Paper

Atlanta Journal Constitution Theater Review: Harabel – A Soaring   Tapestry of Poetry and Performance

Atlanta Intown Theatre Review: Harabel at Theatrical Outfit

UAB National Alumni Magazine

Pedestal Magazine


Creative Loafing Atlanta: A Few Words With Gypsee Yo

Atlanta InTown Magazine: Gypsee Yo talks about her one woman show, Harabel

Encore Atlanta: Snapshot Gypsee Yo


Broadway World: Theatrical Outfit Announces 2013-14 Season: THE GUYS, HARABEL, GIFTS OF THE MAGI & More!