Who is K.?

Multi-talented Trans Disabled Artist

“Kay’s command of craft, commitment to truth and dedication to art as service is to be commended. I believe that Kay is an artist of merit. Kay is all heart. All in… We need Kay’s stories, Kay’s stellar art, Kay’s warrior vision.”

– Sharon BridgforthAuthor of love conjure/blues, the Lambda Literary Award winning, the bull-jean stories, RedBone Press; and co-editor of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project

 

A Campus Pride Hot List artist, Trans Justice Funding Project Panelist, and Trans 100 Honoree, KAY ULANDAY BARRETT is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pin@y-amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. Kay has featured on colleges & stages globally; Princeton University, U Penn, UC Berkeley, Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, and The Chicago Historical Society. Kay’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. A seasoned speaker, Kay has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. Kay’s ideas have featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, KPFA Radio, and WBAI Radio.

Honors include: 18 Million Rising Filipino American History Month Hero 2013, Chicago’s LGBTQ 30 under 30 awards, Finalist for The Gwendolyn Brooks Open-Mic Award, Windy City Times Pride Literary Poetry Prize. Their contributions are found in Poor Magazine, Kicked Out Anthology, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Windy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coast, Make/Shift, Filipino American Psychology, Asian Americans For Progress, The Advocate, and Bitch Magazine. Kay turns art into action and is dedicated to remixing recipes.

See their online wobble on twitter/tumblr/instagram as brownroundboi and on his website, kaybarrett.net

Upcoming Events

Disability Justice, Madness, and Poetry: The Ring of Fire Anthology by ET Russian, plus Kay Ulanday Barrett & Sascha Altman DuBrul

7:00pm – 9:00pm
Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center
172 Allen St, New York, New York 10002

 

ET Russian’s new book, The Ring of Fire Anthology, is a zine collection of comics, poetry, essays and interviews on themes of disability justice, sex, race and gender, healthcare, trauma and healing. The Seattle-based author will give an illustrated reading from the anthology.

“If ever you’ve needed stories, art, poetry, and bad-ass rabble-rousing that connect disability and queerness, sexiness and radical anti-capitalist politics, look no further. ET Russian’s vivid work lives and breathes these connections.”
– Eli Clare, author of Exile and Pride

PLEASE REFRAIN FROM WEARING SCENTED PRODUCTS TO THIS EVENT.

RYKA AOKI reads HE MELE A HILO (a hilo song)]

7pm-830pm
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie St
New York, New York 10002

Award winning poet & novelist Ryka Aoki
will be reading from her latest novel! Joining
her will be work from 
@ladydanefe,
Tyler Vile, & Kay Ulanday Barrett. 

Opentoe Peepshow & Heels on Wheels

Performing at Branded Saloon
603 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
7pm-930pm

Opentoe Peepshow 24:
Mariana Valencia, Lizzie Busch, Bianca Laureano
and TRUE, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha,
Jordan Martin, & Kay Ulanday Barrett

INCITE: COV 4

“Won’t you celebrate with me?”
Doors open at 9:30pm
Show begins at 10pm,
Grant ABC

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Chicago, IL

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; 
come celebrate
 
with me that everyday

something has tried to kill me 

and has failed.
—Lucille Clifton

Come experience the beauty and power of survival! Hear our voices, see our bodies, acknowledge the variety and fierceness of our living histories and presences. Watch dancers, singers, comedians, poets, healers, and more artistic performers share our fullness and celebrate the many artistic ways that we celebrate and shine. In the spirit of Lucille Clifton’s powerful words, won’t you come celebrate with us?  Performer list coming soon!

Performers: Melissa Du Prey, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Allegra Dolores, NIC Kay and Benji, Dark Matter, and Zizi from YEPP.

Workshop
12pm-1:30pm

Color of Violence 4 Conference
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Chicago, IL

Join Kay Ulanday Barrett and Geleni Fontaine with Third Root Education Exchange (TREE) and in collaboration with members of the Disability Justice Collective for our workshop at the upcoming INCITE COV 4 Conference in Chicago!

This workshop focuses on Sick, Disabled, Queer People of Color (SDQPOC) communities seeking healing and care beyond the system. Being Disabled, Sick, Chronically Ill, Deaf, and/or being Brilliant/Crazy are often understood as flaws. Also as Queer People of Color, we ultimately survive struggles heightened by ableism. The truth is, we face all struggles simultaneously! Paying homage to audre lorde: “I do not believe in single-issue politics, because we do not live single-issue lives,” This reality is part of our challenge as well as a source of strength as we heal our minds, bodies, and spirits. How do we navigate allopathic (standard Western) medical care as well as holistic traditions as intersectional people? How do we move toward a wholeness that doesn’t pathologize our bodies but dares us to understand and adore our whole selves as part of our healing process?

In large and small group discussions participants will consider avenues of critical intersection as brown, poor, trans, immigrant, disabled, other. We’ll share individual and community strategies that challenge ableism and isolation, including simple and accessible practices – meditation, movement, and writing as a tool of expression and wholeness – for individual healing and centering that participants can use and share with others beyond this workshop. (Please do!) Everyone is encouraged to participate, but priority will be offered to those who live with SDQ (Sick & Disabled Queer/Transgender Indigenous or People of Color) experiences. Participants are asked to please bring their journals and/or writing materials. We will strive throughout the workshop to craft all activities to be as accessible as possible.

This workshop is by and for all who are People of Color, Black, Indigenous, Two-Spirit, Sick, Disabled, Deaf, Live with Chronic Pain, and Queer. To attend this workshop, identifying with all of the communities listed is vital. White people and able-bodied community are asked to support our work by respecting non-attendance. We’ve requested an ASL interpreter and a room close to elevators & entrances for mobility purposes.

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure that people can be able to attend without throwing up, getting sick and having to leave, please come fragrance free. Information about how to do this can be found here: @[NjQyMTgzOTU5MjA4MTA3Omh0dHBcYS8vd3d3LmJyb3duc3Rhcmdpcmwub3JnLzEvcG9zdC8yMDEyLzAzL2ZyYWdyYW5jZS1mcmVlLWZlbW1lLW9mLWNvbG91ci1yZWFsbmVzcy1kcmFmdC0xNS5odG1sOjo=:http://www.brownstargirl.org/1/post/2012/03/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15.html]. We ask that you please do not wear perfume, cologne, essential oils or products scented with them.

Workshop
3-5pm

Penn LGBT Center
3907 Spruce St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

 

SIGN-UP REQUIRED: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11xK_JoPNlDl_7SYK_6BALZvwwm4xdagwYML3_BaRMek/viewform?usp=send_form

How do competition and respectability politics impose ableism on our actions, our lives? How do we embrace a politic that doesn’t isolate or accommodate, but engages everyday movements to show up for everyone? How can we come to a place of honoring ourselves fully? You are invited to embrace our sexy, complicated, sacred, powerful, and amazing lineage as an SDQ (Sick & Disabled Queer). Following his performance and lecture, Kay Ulanday Barrett will address these questions in this critical workshop. Everyone is encouraged to participate, but priority will be offered to those who live with SDQ (Sick & Disabled Queer/Transgender Indigenous or People of Color) experiences. Participants are asked to please bring their journals and/or writing materials.

Made possible by sponsorship from the Penn LGBT Center, GSWS Program, Department of Medical Ethics, United Minorities Council, Asian American Studies Department, and the Greenfield Intercultural Center.

 

March 23, 2015
7-9pm
FEATURE: Kay Ulanday Barrett


TONIGHT
7pm-9pm
Irvine Auditorium & Cafe ’58,
3401 Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA.

Check me out with new work, newer poems, and some sort of saucy critique of many things with my wobbly self! Thanks to Penn Non-Cis​, Gender Women’s Studies, Penn Disability Advocates, Queer People of Color, Queer & Asian, & Asian Pacific Student Coalition at University of Pennsylvania.  Wheelchair accessible and scent-free!

MARCH 16, 2015 | UC BERKELEY
Guest Lecturer 6pm

“Disability Justice: Re-centering Power in Movement Building”
taught by Patricia Berne​ (of Sins Invalid​)

hosted by Disability Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley.

Since it is a closed course, feel free to message me if you want to attend. The topic is on the disability justice concept of “wholeness”. I’ll be sharing work like crip sick tankas, some SDQ love poems, and reflections on medical
systems as a trans POC disabled person.

 

There will be refreshments provided & a Q&A.

Please come scent free.  If you have questions about how to be fragrance/chemical free, please see the guide provided by the East Bay Meditation Center’s guide here:  http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html
We will be meeting in the room that we usually do, 
602 Barrows, from 4p – 7p.  Kay will likely read at appr. 6p.
 
If you are not a student in GWS 111.2, please email
an RSVP so that we can set the room — and food! — appropriately.
Patricia Berne: pattyberne@sinsinvalid.org

Guest Lecturer 6pm

“Disability Justice: Re-centering Power in Movement Building”
taught by Patricia Berne​ (of Sins Invalid​)

hosted by Disability Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley.

Since it is a closed course, feel free to message me if you want to attend.
The topic is on the disability justice concept of “wholeness”.
I’ll be sharing work like crip sick tankas, some SDQ love poems,
and reflections on medical systems as a trans POC disabled person.
There will be refreshments provided & a Q&A.

 

We have a surpise out of town guest tomorrow in our Disability Justice course — Monday, March 16th, Disability Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies are honored to bring you guest lecturer, Kay Ulanday Barrett.
Please come scent free.  If you have questions about how to be fragrance/chemical free, please see the guide provided by the East Bay Meditation Center’s guide here:  http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html
We will be meeting in the room that we usually do, 
602 Barrows, from 4p – 7p.  Kay will likely read at appr. 6p.
 
If you are not a student in GWS 111.2, please email
an RSVP so that we can set the room — and food! — appropriately.
Patricia Berne: pattyberne@sinsinvalid.org

Trans Poets Will Burn Your House Down

Sunday, March 8 | 6:00pm

Bureau of General Services-Queer Division

208 West 13th St Room 210, New York, New York 10011

 

A night of trans poetry and possible pyromania to celebrate the launch of Issue 2 of the Zine of the Trans Poets Workshop NYC. Come for the incandescent performers, stay for the cool beer served by the Bureau’s charming staff. And don’t worry about your house, as long as we’re too busy with poetry, it’ll be just fine.

Kay Ulanday Barrett
Olympia Perez
Tyler Vile
Charles Theonia
Lilith Latini
Stephen Ira
Sasha Alexander
Vivien J Ryder
Tai Maag
Suneela Mubayi
Mya Adriene Byrne

Hosted by Cat Fitzpatrick

BGSQD is wheelchair accessible via an elevator. There is no cover charge but the exciting new poetry zine will be on sale.

Mixed AND “____”: Intersections of Being Multi-Racial w/ Our Other Identities, A Workshop with Kay Barrett

BROWN UNIVERSITY,
Providence RI
.
at 5:30pm – 7:00pm

This workshop is limited to 25 participants. 

You must RSVP to reserve a spot here–> http://goo.gl/forms/JurVNJFAzH

Kay Ulanday Barrett has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. See their online swerve on twitter @kulandaybarrett or kaybarrett.net

Brought to you by the Multiracial Heritage Series at the Brown Center for Students of Color.

***In order that folks (including the facilitator) to be able to attend without throwing up, getting sick, and having to leave, please come fragrance free. Information about how to do this can be found here: http://www.brownstargirl.org/1/post/2012/03/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15.html.

George Brown University

Kay Ulanday Barrett as Feature!
Positive Space Spring Event,
George Brown College

Time: 11:45am-1pm
George Brown College
200 King St E

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CREATING CONNECTIONS

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SEEKING LIBERATION

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FINGER ON THE PULSE

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Snacks Eaten
81
Speeches Made
10680
Miles Traveled
205
Poems Written

What K. Tweets

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K. Work
Since My Body – EP / Uploadable Drop Card (Live Recording)

Since My Body – EP / Uploadable Drop Card (Live Recording)

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Chapbook – for^in (self-publication) by Kay Ulanday Barrett

Chapbook – for^in (self-publication) by Kay Ulanday Barrett

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brown out shouts!

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since my body

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Psalm for a womon at age 60

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song for the kicked out

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Scheduled Events

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All donations will go to the following:

  • basic costs of medical needs including medication, pain management, long-awaited surgeries
  • medical tools/aids
  • basic living expenses

SUPPORT K.

Can’t book me but want to support my work?

Feel free to donate to a BROWN ROUND WOBBLY BOI HUSTLE!

You can send some kindness my way via donation for my basic livelihood are appreciated.

If you can guess, being transgender, disabled, brown, and poor cultural critic/worker isn’t a lucrative career. My work does incite ways that navigate some hope.

If you live this life similarly, you know access, resources, and daily sustenance aren’t a game. Being sick/chronically-ill/disabled in this big ableist gender-binary world has some (systemic) struggle!

Any donations you can donate via my PayPal by clicking this guy:

 

If you donate more than $30, you’ll get an upcoming WINTER SNUGGLE
gift that includes my upcoming new EP come the new 2015 year!

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