Gabrielle Bouliane, Angel
by Buck Quigley - posted 5:58 pm, February 1, 2010
I got a phone call late Friday night letting me know that an old friend of mine, Gabrielle Bouliane, had lost her fight with cancer down in Austin, TX. I’d known her for well over 20 years, though the last contact I had with her was to send her the lyrics to a Loretta Lynn song on Facebook as she traveled through Tennessee on her way to Texas last year. She was a Steam Donkeys insider from way back, with all the benefits and liabilities such a position imposes.
But then, she was a lot of things to a lot of people, and her circle of friends was huge. A passionate and compassionate soul who spread a lot of love from her hometown in Buffalo to her adopted homes in Seattle and Austin, Gabrielle really hit her stride as a slam poet whose performances left audiences spellbound. She was always a champion of other artists, too, and a fervent promoter of the form. Plus, she had a discerning eye for a good cowboy boot.
Her sad passing has left a hole in many people’s hearts. Circle this Valentine’s Day for the tribute/benefit being held in her honor at Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St., 2-8pm.
Here’s a video of her final public performance, recorded December 5, 2009, at the Austin Poetry Slam, shortly after being diagnosed with stage four cancer late last year.
UPDATE: Click here to download the Nietzsche’s event flier, which describes the tribute in greater detail and doubles as a costume!